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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

St. Mary's plans Tour of Gardens

Jun 20, 2013
Photo by: Xiomara Levson Colleen and Charles Sojka live at 1054 Bluegrass Dr. in Riverside. Their lot was professionally landscaped in fall 2009. A bubbler rock garden is near the front entrance. The landscape includes several varieties of trees, as well as ornamental grasses, hydrangeas and other shrubs, and beds of perennials.

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Riverside invite everyone to tour local gardens from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Homemade pie and ice cream will be served at Linda and Gary Krons' garden. Proceeds will benefit the St. Mary's education building fund.

Patti and Bruce Brooke of 1053 Bluegrass Dr. in Riverside built their timber-frame home in 2009 and have been working on their landscape ever since with Patti designing and Bruce digging. The front yard is full of color with Bruce's favorite knockout roses and splashes of color with spider wart, yarrow and hydrangeas. The tour will continue to the back patio and backyard.

Marilyn Eagle lives at 2912 135th St. in rural Riverside. She moved to her large country home two years ago. She added a large retaining wall last fall. Her garden is accented with charming garden decor and a wood-carved bear. She has a small grape vineyard with a beautiful grape sculpture.

Continue on to the home of Barb Simon at 2930 135th St. Barb has a garden that harkens back to what a grandmother's garden looked like. Her flower beds are filled with old-fashioned favorites including peonies, poppies, hollyhocks, lilies and bachelor buttons. Visitors will also see a steel-wheeled wagon and a horse-drawn sickle mower.

At 1540 Tulip Ave. is the home of Sheila and Sam Gerot. Sheila is a master gardener. Their garden has been evolving for 30 years. There are numerous sun and shade perennial beds edged with annuals so they are colorful all year long. Garden art accents the landscape. Visitors will enjoy the gazebo. A vegetable garden will be seen along with raspberries and strawberries.

Linda and Gary Kron live at 2776 188th St. in rural Ainsworth. Their newly built home sits on a small acreage with a hillside partially established with native grasses and wildflowers. All trees, shrubs, and the perennial and annual flower beds have been planted over the last several years. A large entrance bed was partially completed this season.

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