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July 19, 2010 - Horticulture Column


Wow the weather is warming up.  Last week I talked about the very unique things that were purchased at the folk’s sale, which were used for landscaping design.  Well, I got some of the clinkers and was moving them last night and some are very heavy.  Finding a place to put them is the next task but and have had many ask what kind of rocks those were and where did I get them.  They are actually quite cool and many different designs.  How many of you attended the annual Relay for Life garden tour, last Thursday night.  The tour began at 4 and concluded at 9 pm.  I started my suggestion tour at 4 and did get home shortly after 9, with my wife wondering what I had been doing.  If you did not make the garden tour you really missed the beauty of each yard.  There was something for everyone to include a very unique garden building, fences lined with lilies and brick pillar fence made with materials coming from McVille, a yard with many tree overhangs and animals to boot, antique and auction sale goodies used in many areas of another, and a water feature (which is my favorite, as I like the sound of water running over rocks and then falling to its final destination).  I found three ideas that I am going to incorporate into my yard, wife willing.  It is really amazing how the smallest items can change the look of a garden.  Remember the State Horticulture Society coming to town the weekend of August 13th and 14th.  Along with all of the educational programming and guest speaker they will also tour 3 homes in the area to include Finley McClain, Bill Byram and our home.  They will also get a look at Ardon Herman’s arboretum.   


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