Saturday, September 12, 2009

A bottle of wine, a bit of inspiration

Lenexa Garden Club's host for the September meeting is a couple with a wonderful sense of humor.

They have a garden full of surprises. Though I have visited several times over the years, it is never the same. A brick walkway was added a day prior to the Extension tour a couple of years ago. The evening before our garden club tour, a fountain requiring several neighbors and several bottles of wine was installed. Plants and art are changed out often.

Don is a Johnson County Extension
Master Gardener. With his wife, Mary Ann, he has created a garden that backs up to a road. One corner of the garden that could have been left to be quite visible to passing traffic has been screened with evergreens, shade trees, shrubs, partitions and art. In another corner, a mermaid has found a home.

We all came away from the garden tour full of ideas. And, now when someone asks me what to plant for a customer that wants a no maintenance garden, I may suggest a tree created from beads, wire, and a metal tube.

Lenexa Garden Club's next meeting is Tuesday, October 13 with special guest Betsy Betros, author of A Photographic Field Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Region.

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