Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gardens Galore -- at the LAC 2015 Garden Tour

The Lakewood Arts Council's Annual Garden Tour started out with a preview tour for all volunteers who made this year's event a success, from the hosts, to the garden sitters, to the event organizers, Ann Quinn and Marje Walsh.  A big thanks to all who helped!  Funds raised from the Garden Tour are going to pay for signage for the Gallery.

To allow all volunteers the chance to see all the gardens, we met Friday evening at the Estate Garden on Lakeridge Rd in Lakewood, the home of lovely Sue Cannon, who I enjoyed chatting with during my shift the next day.  Sue and her friendly dog, along with her gardener, Suzanne, showed us around the extensive grounds which included a water lily pond, the Circle Garden with its patch of columbine, a rose garden and a collection of sculptures by well-known modern artists.  We were amused to see a wren had nested in the mouth of "Running for the Bus" by her son, Kerry Cannon.

After touring the gardens, we were all ready for
the official tour on Saturday.  During my morning shift, over 80 people came through, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather and delighting in the flourishing gardens.  From bonsai and sculptures, to a glass studio, working miniature railroad and bountiful vegetable gardens, ticket holders were educated, inspired and renewed by their day among the plants.

Succulent gardens lined a pathway, a simple toolbox projected an artistic flair, creative stepping stone footpaths led through gardens, and hanging sculptures twirled in the breeze.

One little cat desperately wanted to join us, but his likeness graced the greenery instead.

 Taking in the Gray Street Community Garden, I enjoyed the colorful bee hives amongst the cheerful poppies, and the pretty garden flag painted by an LAC member.  These flags were given as gifts to the hosts, and more are for sale at the gallery.
Not to be missed was the delicious luncheon prepared by volunteers, and included in the ticket price. 

The patio behind the Gallery was also spruced up for al fresco dining.
Urban Roots Landscape Design also offered advice on container gardening for all visitors to the Gallery. 
 Now we're looking forward to next year's Garden Tour.  If you know of anyone wanting to open their gardens for next year's tour, let the LAC know, and may you all be inspired to grow something new!

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