Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 Garden Tour

Flowers and vegetables, garden art, a lively puppy and even a horse were the attractions at the Lakewood Arts Council’s Annual Garden Tour Benefit on Saturday, June 21.   

Six homeowners in the Wheatridge, Golden and Lakewood area offered up their well-tended gardens to the delight of LAC and other community members. 

 LAC volunteers manned front entrances to the garden, helped homeowners answer gardening questions from the public,  and organized a delicious luncheon  and garden-craft making session at the Art Center and Gallery which was included in the ticket price. 

While at the Gallery, visitors were treated to an exhibit of wall-hung, garden-themed artwork by local artists as well as an opportunity to purchase indoor or outdoor plants at the plant sale.

Highlights of the event this year included a rare tour of the Cason Howell House, which is on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.  The property is currently owned by the City of Lakewood and functions as a community center for the residents of Willow Glen Senior Housing.  A tour of their private courtyard revealed raised beds full of flourishing vegetables and flowers. 

A beautiful Tudor style brick home in Lakewood offered a charming front yard cottage garden, along with an agreeable horse, playful puppy and cute cat. 

 Interesting garden art crafted from found objects, twigs and twine graced the walls at the Lakewood home of a landscape architect,

 while bird houses, vine covered arbors and benches amongst  the flora provided spots to rest and enjoy the sights at homes in Wheatridge and Golden.

 The annual Garden Tour is a main fundraiser for the Lakewood Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization.  To find out more about the LAC, or to join them next year for the Garden Tour as spectator or participant, please visit the Art Center and Gallery at 85 S. Union Blvd in Lakewood, call 303 980-0625 or visit
Photo credits:  Gail Firmin and Ann Quinn

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