July 9 & 10, 2016
The Collins Garden, 148 W. Mansion Street
This small urban garden is a perfect match to the elegance of the restored 1855 home The garden is approximately eight years old, and was skillfully created to provide a restful, private space for the homeowners. Arborvitae shrubs screen the patio and colorful annuals introduce an appealing pop of color. There is also a small collection of yard art to catch the eye of a visitor. The European-style patio is a wonderful spot to read, relax, and enjoy the company of friends.
The Marshall Garden, 348 N. Madison Street
Privacy and serenity are guaranteed in this garden. The owners have lived here for nearly two years after purchasing the home in a condemned state with neglected gardens, and have steadily brought both back to life. New buildings complement this 1850 home perfectly, and show off some of the owners’ collections. There is a fairly new water feature and some plantings that take advantage of the sloping garden. Don’t miss the carriage and topiary horse – this will surely spark some ideas!
The Patterson Garden, 518 Sibley Lane
In order for this garden to flourish, the owners first had to remove many overgrown trees and shrubs. Now they are growing vegetables and fruits in a space larger than their home! Visitors will notice the greenhouse immediately upon entering the yard, but don’t overlook the grapes, berry bushes, and fig tree. Once you see this beautiful and thriving garden – the owners call it a French potager (soup garden) – it may inspire you to plant and enjoy food fresh from your garden.
The Paul Garden, 502 E. Hanover Street
Only two years old, and recovering from a major tree loss, these informal gardens are fun! The owners love water, campfires, birds, and color. Visitors will be drawn from garden room to garden room here, and will be inspired by the variety of plants and flowers that live so well together. The grinding tool from family long ago is an unusual accent, the pallets that support the herb garden are a great re-use of that material, and the “alligator” is a great reminder of the resilience of gardens and gardeners.
The Nielson Garden, 323 W. Hanover Street
This home and garden are very much works in progress. In three short years, the owners have made this corner lot an attractive showplace. Visitors are sure to find spots to sit and watch birds flitting in and out of the baths. With fairy gardens and flower gardens for fun, and vegetables grown vertically, there is something for everyone. Some of the plantings were starts from friends and other gardeners, which make this garden even more meaningful for the owners.
The Sigren Garden, 740 Verona Road
Keeping to the small spaces theme, the courtyard is open to visitors as if there is a party going on. In addition to shade-loving ferns and hostas, there are annuals that pick up the colors of the tiles and fabrics from Mexico and Guatemala. The table is set with wonderful folk art pottery from Guanajuato, and antique linens are displayed on a laundry line. The garden is a haven of peace and tranquility for the owners, among many treasures that they love.