2011 Master Gardener Garden Tour - A Garden Tour For Plant Enthus

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Master Gardeners of Greene County are proud to present the
2011 Master Gardener Garden Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2011
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

[rain or shine]

$10 per person

A Garden Tour for For Plant Enthusiasts
Within Springfield and the Surrounding Area

Bring your camera and bring your friends!

Featuring ten gardens, including shade gardens, dry-plant gardens, water gardens, greenhouses, raised vegetable beds, garden art and more.

Below are highlights of what the gardens have to offer.
Directions are in the tour ticket available for advanced purchase in the Botanical Center at 2400 S Scenic Ave. from the following two locations:

1) The Master Gardener Hotline Room
2) From Sabrina Brown at the main reception desk in the atrium.

1. Lynette Weaver, Highlandville
Features: A stunning setting in the country with many levels of garden beds and winding paths. There is a greenhouse full of orchids, large water features full of water plants, sun beds, cacti and succulents, arbors and trellises covered with vines, specimen conifers, and a raised vegetable garden. Lynette has dotted the gardens with whimsy: steamer trunks planted with flowers, flea market art, iron work and pots galore. This is worth every mile of the trip: there are gems hidden everywhere!

2. Jeanie Skibiski, Ozark
Features: This garden has it all! Jeanie was a co-designer of the dry riverbed garden inside the Xeriscape Garden, and she has a much larger collection of drought-tolerant plants at her home, beautifully displayed in several rock beds. The garden also includes vegetables, a vine-covered gazebo, water features, planters and a variety of shrubs and trees, all in a gorgeous country setting.

3. J. J. Averett / Deb Gilmore and Bruce Porter, Nixa
Features: Two gardens at one stop! These gardeners live next door to each other and their wooded yards are joined by a lovely dry creek area planted with hostas, astillbes, hellebores, ferns and other shade treasures. Deb and Bruce's backyard features a huge waterfall and pool area filled with shade plants tucked in the rocks. J.J.'s yard has more sun that allows for a vegetable garden, perennials, and bramble fruits. Both are meticulously landscaped.

4. Janeth Reichert, Rogersville
Features: A perfect country garden filled to the brim by a true plant lover. The house is the old country general store and sets the tone of a cottage garden. There is an area for herbs, a vegetable garden, berries, a wooded area, perennials and shrubs in enormous variety, and a large sunroom/greenhouse filled with tender plants. Rock-edged paths allow you to meander around, but be sure to bring a notebook so you can make "must have" lists!

5. Ellen Placzek, Springfield
Features: This lovely shaded garden is surrounded by huge trees, giving the sense of being in a peaceful retreat. There are shade beds filled with hostas, enormous astillbes, bleeding heart, heucheras, ferns and rhododendrons. Conifers and shrubs provide "bones" and there is a sunny sunken courtyard surrounded by roses and lilies.

6. Tom and Cathy Lakowske, Springfield
Features: This magazine-ready garden is the idyllic retreat of a serious hosta and Japanese maple collector. The yard is artfully laid out so that there are multiple garden rooms and seating areas and a sense of space far beyond its size. Every inch is planted with hostas, maples, heucheras, Solomon's Seal, impatiens, and lovely shade plants, and clematis grow up everywhere. Fountains, statues, planters and Tom's collection of bird feeders mean you'll need lots of time to see it all.

7. Carol and Alex Warner, Springfield
Features: These owners built their dream house and are now surrounding it with a lovely garden that flows from the large deck down rock beds to the surrounding woods. There are roses, an herb bed, a vegetable garden, deer-resistant perennials and even delphinium Carol grew from seed. The English potting shed is a highlight!

8. Laura Wells, Springfield
Features: This is a garden designed for lots of entertaining, with many seating and eating areas tucked throughout. Laura has made beautiful stained glass pavers and hypertufa planters, and there are birdfeeders and interesting containers everywhere to spark ideas for your own yard. Plants include shade lovers such as ferns and hostas but also peonies, rhododendrons, roses and clematis. The sound of fountains creates a very peaceful backyard retreat.

9. Mackie Byars, Springfield
Features: This house and triple-sized lot are a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Springfield! There is a large water feature / pond filled with water plants, winding paths through flower beds, a variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs, and even a planted tree. The huge yard is backed by a "wild" area and the many fountains and bird feeders mean that there are birds everywhere.

10. Bill and Carolyn Buron, Springfield
Features: A vegetable garden filled with ideas! Forty years of experience growing fruit and vegetables, combined with the eager reading of gardening magazines of all types, has resulted in an attractive, productive and surprisingly low-maintenance vegetable garden. There are raised beds, hoop houses, cold frames, upright strawberry "tubes", grapes, blueberries, an owner-built greenhouse and more. The owners' seed-starting bed involves an air mattress and waterbed heater and that idea alone is worth the visit! Come by and pick the brain of an experienced gardener.

The day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the following gardens:

Springfield - 2044 S. Kings : Nixa - 262 Blue Jay Way : Highlandville - 428 Timberview Rd

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