Thank you for sharing your gardens and making the
Master Gardener Association Genesee County
Garden Tour 2014 a success
Scroll down to see slideshow pictures of each garden.
Tricia and Andy Bogner
Kevin and Brenda Christie
Carol and David Groat
Lou and Theresa Koslowski
Pat and John Laycock
Doc and Marge Taylor
1st Place Abbey from Elms
Garden Tour Committee
Merrie Benoit - Garden Selection and sign placement
Shirley Smela - Businesses selling tickets
Maggie Gregg - Site volunteers
Mel Kennedy - PR advertising
Kay McCullough - ticket, web page, garden selection, chairperson
Take a taste of our 2014 Master Gardener Garden Tour!
Flashes of color a block away!
Annuals, perennials, Clematis, hanging baskets, oh my! Alan took over his mother’s garden when she became ill. The more that he dabbled in his mom’s garden beds, the more he realized that he enjoyed it. The following year, Alan started expanding the gardens. As he finishes his seventh year gardening, he is already thinking of the changes that he will make in his eighth year. Alan says, “My garden is always in a state of flux and change.” People often stop as they are driving by to admire and compliment his colorful garden creation. He loves his entire garden, but the flower memorial he has planted in his parent’s honor really hits home.
Casual Rustic Gardener
Artsy, Artsy, Artsy
A yard is just a canvas to an artist gardener. Deborah uses her art degree knowledge to enhance her garden landscape. She is very conscious of form and design as she layers her garden from high to low. She also incorporates circle design patterns throughout –rounded grass in back yard, rounded solar lanterns, and more. Deborah designs with a repetition of blues and oranges. She uses her eye for art to transform junk into interesting garden art.
The yard has various focal points. The side yard perennials draw birds and butterflies. A small corner is set aside for Deborah’s Japanese garden. The flagstone patio was laid by Deborah and a friend. A beautiful garden does not just happen. It is planned. You will want to take the whole view in to appreciate the artist's touch.
Our Little Piece of Heaven
Lou and Theresa’s backyard is a paradise at home. The pond and garden have been a work in progress for almost twenty years. They added trees and shade to their once sunny, plain backyard. The trees include variegated beech, curly willow, river beech, Siberian weeping pea, tiger eye sumac, and pine. Then came the hostas of the year walkway which includes the winning hostas from 1996-2014. Wood sidewalks built by Lou will guide visitors through the gardens. The family’s favorite place is sitting under the covered seating area by the pond which Lou dug himself. They enjoy watching and feeding the Koi with grandchildren or spotting the oriole, grosbeak, and hummers visiting the bird houses and feeders. They truly love their “Little Piece of Heaven” and so will you.
Picture Perfect Curb Appeal
“A home without flowers just doesn't look right.”
Pat and John acquired a love for gardening as small children. Through planning and hard work, they now have an all season garden with colorful plants shrubs and early and late vegetables. Walking the property is a favorite activity on a summer evening.
Their flower beds are lush. Pat’s goal is to fill every empty spot with as many different varieties of plants and flowers that she can find and afford. So many plants, so little room! John’s favorites are double marigolds, while Pat loves the hibiscus, butterfly bush, wegelia and oh, so many more. To a gardener, plants are like children, how do you pick a favorite? "Our garden is special because of the many varieties and sheer volume of plants and shrubs on one-half acre."
Our Garden is a Work of Love
Doc and Marge share in the work load except Marge says, “I don’t share in MOWING!” They say that their gardens are a work of love and that God has blessed them with good soil, and they have a shared love of their yard and home.
When they moved into their home forty years ago, there was no landscaping. There have been many flower gardens which have moved over the years. The bank is their iris garden. It has hundreds of irises and large blue pots to hold annuals. The landscape displays perennials, bulbs, flowering bushes and annuals. Some flowering plants are lilacs, poppies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, phlox African violets, lilies, and multiple roses. In the fall, they have a rainbow of color of mums.
They will sometimes get cards from individuals who drive by and love the yard. Some are just addressed to “Flower Lady, Grand Blanc, and the mail person seems to know where they are supposed to go. They feel very blessed.
Planning for 2015
We are already thinking about 2015 garden tour and have some potentials in mind. We are thinking about the east side of Genesee County again, but this route will probably be north of I-69. A person does not have to be a Master Gardener to be on the Genesee County Association Master Gardener Garden Tour. He or she just have to have a pretty yard. We look for a variety of interesting yards within a close driving range. We also prefer not to have yards that have been professionally landscaped. The homeowners seem to really enjoy sharing a view of their gardens. If you would be interested in your home some day being on our garden tour, send me an e-mail. by filling out the information below which goes directly to my personal e-mail.
Children under 12 $2.00
Tickets will go on sale in June 3
We would love to hear from you. If you might like your home on the garden tour at a later date, please leave information. If you would just like to leave a comment, feel free. We welcome all ideas and suggestions. If you are a Master Gardener and would like to help with the garden tour, please leave information We would love to hear from you. Whatever you write will go directly to my e-mail address. It will not be posted for everyone to see.
Kay McCullough, Chairperson
Kay McCullough, Chairperson