To enjoy some of these flowers in lovely landscapes, plan on joining the annual Master Gardener/Firelands Historical Society Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14.
Six gardens, large to small, professionally landscaped to home-owner designed, are on display in the Norwalk area.
Tickets are at Schild's IGA Supercenter, 171 Milan Avenue and Firelands Museum, 4 Case Avenue, both in Norwalk. On tour day, tickets will be available at both sites starting at 9:30 a.m. This is a self-guided tour, rain or shine, and will cost $10 each, which benefits the Firelands Historical Society. For more information, call 419-872-0124.
Mike Adelman's garden at Queen Anne Way, is a man's garden. It is a nicely manicured garden of restraint, with a lovely formal entrance flanked by matching pots of vines and annuals. Hostas are featured in many sizes and colors. The front is showcased with colorful shrubbery in early June with a living floral arrangement on his door. The Adelman back yard is terraced with native stone, and features limited grass-mowing and a hot tub. A black wooden fence and brick walkways add charm, while large pots of annuals spark up the patio.
Jerry and Roberta Gormley's home on nearby Jeffrey Way is more modern, built of beautifully stained brick. Flowers used in the landscape and in big, big pots were chosen to highlight the brick. The feathery Japanese maples also repeat the colors. Lovely hostas of various sizes and shades of green frame the house, while in back the patio enclosure is enhanced with climbing honeysuckle, trumpet vine and wisteria. Other areas sport an interesting array of trees, flowers and shrubs. As a bonus will be several vintage/classic cars on display for your viewing pleasure, weather permitting.
Tony and Maria Alvarez's home on Rosedale Boulevard is a true hobby garden. The garden has evolved as interests and collections grow. There are many ideas for displaying plants, many types of flowers and lots of creativity for you to enjoy. Great curb appeal with bright Purple Wave petunias, richly planted pots, drift wood, hanging baskets, and in back, water gardens, planted bird cages and other delights. The side yard is edged with a perennial border that will have lots blooming on tour day. In early June it was all irises, peonies, columbines and daisies. Among all the color is a host of hostas and succulents.
Eric and Robin Rogers have celebrated Ohio State University with plants and paint. Their home at East Main Street is just right for a young family: not too much and lots of reliable perennials chosen to have something blooming in every season. Look for hostas of many sizes and colors, sedum used in new ways and good examples of knowledgeable gardening. There is a bottle tree, a clever display of herbs, a lighthouse bird feeder and red, white and blue bunting. The house and its trim are OSU colors; some of the plant colors echo the same song. And – the front porch bench, painted in OSU colors has a permanent guest: a bewhiskered Dr. Seuss guy, the Lorax, lounging on it.
We've toured Don and Debbie Helton's garden on Maple Street before, so you are in for a treat again this year. Plus all the wonderful plantings of a few years back, there are new additions, especially a new deck and pool. On June 1, when we checked out the gardens for the tour, it looked like they were completely ready for the tour, everything blooming, immaculately groomed and lovely. The little garden house, everyone's favorite, has been repainted and landscaped, and should go under the name of “She Shed” as it is Debbie's domain. Every great idea you ever saw in a garden magazine is here. Every plant or flower you've ever coveted is here blooming its heart out. Be sure to see this garden in all its glory as it is wonderful.
Russ and Sharlene White's garden on Hasbrock Road is quite different. Besides the usual bedding plants, hostas and perennials, they are building a wildlife garden of native plants for birds and animals around their pond. There are many native plants that are beautiful: coneflowers, liatris, daisies, asters, some lilies, grasses, cranesbill, goldenrod, black-eyed Susans, butterfly weed, columbine, milkweed, cardinal flower and others. They consider themselves to be the victims of the Soil and Water Conservation package, as many of the plants and trees originally planted from that package have, over the years, been regarded as invasive plants: Russian olive, Tartarian honeysuckle, multiflora rose, burning bush, Callery pear and others. They have been working to eliminate these and replace them with natives. Over the years, they have planted over 60 trees on the land. There are 25 different kinds of apples, plus pears, peaches and other fruiting trees. The Whites are welcoming you to stroll over the grounds. They expect this summer to be the first summer with good color from the natives they have planted.