Where can you spend a pleasant day on a garden tour, appreciating the beauty of nature and being welcomed by homeowners who have designed and planted unique, beautiful and possibly drought-tolerant gardens?
On Sept. 18 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., guests who purchase tickets from the Atwater Garden Club will have the opportunity to enjoy the Nature’s Bounty Annual Garden Tour, featuring six gardens which are all in Atwater within a 5 to 6-mile perimeter.
They include a rose garden, a succulent garden, a small, cozy garden, a garden with a koi pond, a lake-front garden, and one with succulents, rocks and a waterfall.
Guests can discover some great ideas for small yards as well as expansive ones and also ideas for a drought-tolerant garden.
The garden addresses will be printed on the tickets, which cost $20. per person and are available in Atwater at the following locations: Expressions of Love, 1486 Broadway Avenue; Stepping Stones Nursery, 8397 Bell Drive; and Bubela’s Antiques & Collectibles, 1298 Broadway Avenue.
Refreshments will be available at one of the garden locations, House No. 2 at Castle Vista. The COVID-safe items will consist of pre-packaged snacks and bottled water. There will be plenty of room for social distancing. A drawing with a lot of really nice items will be held there at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for this drawing can be purchased during the tour.
A homeowner on the garden tour, Sandie at House No. 2, has a very green thumb! She told the Times she calls her garden “my orphan yard” because everything she has planted has been given to her or was grown from a cutting. Her adult children live on a ranch and have offered her cuttings from things they were growing there. Other times, people gave her plants that weren’t doing well or they didn’t know how to grow. Sometimes, she went to supermarkets where plants in the nursery department were dying, and she bought them all inexpensively and then soaked them in dish soap to bring them back to life and planted them.
She has been adding to her garden for the entire 10 years she has lived at her residence, and all her plants, succulents and trees are doing amazingly well!
There are some interesting visitors to one of the tallest trees in this garden area — golden eagles, hawks, herons, cranes, and owls — and even foxes, raccoons and opossums have been seen on the premises.
For further information about the upcoming Nature’s Bounty Garden Tour, those interested can call Kathy at (209) 357-1028.