Gardens Eclectic Garden Tour
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2008 Garden Tour
A Big Success!!
The 4th Annual Crestline Gardens Eclectic Tour offered roughly 100 participants a look beyond the garden gate of five diverse gardens from Cedar Pines Park to San Moritz. The self-guided tour, sponsored by the Crestline Community Development Alliance, started at the Crestline Chamber of Commerce where wristbands were purchased allowing entrance to each garden.
"Smooth Sailing" was the theme of the garden staffed by members of the Lake Gregory Yacht Club on Tyrol Court that featured geraniums and columbine to Spanish broom to roses.
From stem to stern the garden included everything from snapdragons and pansies to scarecrows and an old railroad crossing sign that immediately caught the attention of visitors.
Even Yacht Club Commodore Carol Sharp was on hand to welcome guests as they walked down the entrance to the garden complete with rope railing and boat cutouts on the posts.
Bud and Melba Davis opened their garden on Skyview Drive in Cedar Pines Park that included three running fountains stocked with either koi or goldfish.
In addition to the planted perennials including roses and camellia, visitors quickly spotted the California Golden Poppy plants that just happened to appear at several locations on the sprawling property. A vegetable and rhubarb garden was also seen on the lower terrace area.
The Rocky Dell residence of Margaret Chapman had a distinct English flavor with lilac, violets, roses and hydrangea clearly labeled so amateur gardeners can quickly identify each variety.
A waterfall greeted everyone to the garden and visitors spent a great deal of time checking out the various garden decorations from gnomes to puppy dogs with giant bones.
Kate Dennis overcame a great deal of shade around her Berne Drive residence to plant more than 200 varieties of flowers from coral bells to bleeding heart and had a delightful waterfall greeting everyone who was able to locate her secluded and very comfortable hideaway.
The bough arbor was the focal point along the seasonal stream and nearby one found a composting bin and a huge wooden barrel to collect rain to save on watering costs. And just around the corner was a birdhouse tree filled with a wide variety of birdhouses in all sizes and shapes.
A Blue Jay sitting on a nest in the garden of Mark and Cheryl Chapman on Nesthorn Drive didn't seemed a bit bothered by visitors to the "Casual Living" garden.
The Chapman's recently completed their backyard garden after building a retaining wall and hand-shoveling nine (9) cubic yards of dirt top create the level yard behind their home. In one corner is a water feature utilizing an old hand pump from an antique store.
After the tour, 8-year-old Andrew Bibby drew tickets from the 50/50 and opportunity drawing prizes. Lee Reeder won the 50/50 drawing and Jesse Fortenberg and Elizabeth Krumwiede won opportunity drawing prizes from gift baskets to plants.
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