Midwest Regional Hosta Society Garden Tours - July 2012

paul_in_mn(4b)July 15, 2012

Attended the Midwest Regional Conventions hosted by the Shades of Green Hosta Society in Rochester Minnesota this weekend. Kudos to SOGHS, as they put on a great convention.

Visited 5 gardens by bus tour on Saturday-

The first visit was to the Greene and Eckman Garden - they hand-dug the 6000 gallon pond and bogs that is at the center of their back gardens. Lots of drift of color.

I'm attaching a slideshow link for each garden posting.

Thanks for looking.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Greene and Eckman Gardens

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paul_in_mn(4b)

The second garden visited was the Truestedt Gardens. Changes to their lush wooded back yard by Dutch Elm disease and straight-line winds changed lighting opening previously unexposed areas. Sewer and water project exposed some large previously buried boulders. These have been incorporated and provide the foundation to their front yard gardens.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Truestedt Slideshow

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:40PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Third on the tour was the Farham and Johnson Gardens. Many fine hosta specimens in the raised stone wall gardens that replaced grassy areas. Over 1000 cultivars on display. A terraced hillside leading down from their cottage to the river. Lots of seating areas to review the gardens and reflect. A 3-tiered fish pond is at the center of one garden court.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Farham and Johnson Slideshow

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:53PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

A garden of about ten common varieties six year again was changed after attending a friends 'garden party'. About 300 hosta varieties and lots of room for more on this 2 acre shady lot.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Keehn Slideshow

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 4:04PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

After a bus ride backwards up a 300+ yard long curving driveway we were ready get our feet on the ground for the final garden. Early part of the slide show progresses to the top of their holy hill atop a grotto. Many spiritual and religious named plants. A swimming pond (9 1/2 feet deep) with attached bogs and connected streams and water features. And over 2000+ coleus plants of over 300 varieties that they plant from cuttings and seeds each year.

Nearer the house are many whimsical features.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Herring Slideshow

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 4:14PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Thanks for all the great tours. That last one was unreal. Didn't read what you said at first, I just kept thinking how much they must be paying for Coleus each year. Now I read they do cuttings every year. Enjoyed all your hard work getting these up for us.
Cher

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 4:24PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Great slideshows, Paul. Thanks for the work in putting these together. I love the Farnham and Johnson garden. Great specimens. That's my type of garden.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 5:01PM
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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

Thank you for making this for us. What a great tour. Herring Sideshow was my favorite! Paula

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 5:56PM
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bernd ny zone5

Most of these gardens are requiring probably a lot of upkeep, they are beautiful. Then there is the Herring garden with all these features and sculptures, they must be artists or are spending a lot on art. Thanks! Bernd

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 6:43PM
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mosswitch

I always look forward to these tours. I never get to go, so I love seeing the photos. Thanks for sharing!

Sandy

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 7:59PM
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mbug_gw

Great job, Paul. Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:08PM
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hostamo(4)

Great slideshows Paul.. Thanks for sharing them... was hoping someone was going to post pics. Wasn't able to attend the convention but did manage to get to Rochester yesterday to take in the leaf show and vendors area. From the people I talked to it sounds like it was a great convention.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:22PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Outstanding! Thanks so much for taking the time to put these slide shows together, I really enjoyed every one of them. Got some good ideas, too and of course some new hostas added to my 'must have' list.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 11:16PM
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plantbug

Paul, I am curious on a pic in the Herring slideshow, in the pic with the goat and the pic is taken between two people, is that Bob and Nancy Solberg? Sure looks like them.

I have enjoyed the sight seeing tours. Thank you.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 9:07PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Always happy to share.

plantbug, yes I believe you are correct.

Paul

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 9:26PM
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