Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ogden Valley Garden Tour

On Saturday, July 14 from 9 am - 3 pm the gates will be open to eight magnificent residential gardens in the Ogden Valley.   The annual garden tour is a benefit event for the Ogden Nature Center.   This is an amazing opportunity to discover ideas for your own garden and revel in the colors, textures and thoughtful designs of these unique spaces.
$15 for Ogden Nature Center members / $20 for nonmembers.  All proceeds will benefit the Ogden Nature Center.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org> or in person at the Ogden Nature Center -- 966 W. 12th St., or at any of the gardens the day of the tour.  
The garden tour will be held rain or shine -- no refunds.  Tour maps and tickets will be available at all of the gardens, so tour goers may begin at any garden.  There will be art and treats in the gardens -- some free samples and some available for purchase!   Garden descriptions and addresses may also be found online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org.
The Gardens:

Garden 1 – Droubay Garden – 980 South 8800 East, Huntsville
It is very apparent that a garden lover lives here. Rosie Droubay is a Master Gardener, and her charming garden reflects her amazing plant knowledge, sense of whimsy and love of plants.  Bits of pottery, a blank wall full of faces, a beautiful bower leading to the firepit area, and loads of lovely flowers fill out this garden.  A winding lawn path leads to the orchard area, where a sense of the wild and unexplored awaits.  Rosie has many plants that aren't considered hardy in the Upper Ogden Valley, including a gorgeous tricolor beech.  Note: Parts of this garden are very old and some of the concrete is uneven. Please walk carefully. 
Garden 2 – The White Garden – 6993 East 200 South, Huntsville Peninsula
Built right on the shores of Pineview Reservoir, and offering stunning views of the lake and Snowbasin, this beautiful home is built on a premier lot in the Ogden Valley. Designed as a traditional farmhouse with modern conveniences and touches, it's garden features traditional plants in a more contemporary setting.  A huge, sunken natural stone fire pit is the centerpiece of the back garden, which also features a beautiful swimming pool and spa, raised vegetable garden and mini orchard.  The covered patio has a built in barbeque as well as a cozy fireplace. Old-fashioned plants such as lilacs, roses, daylily, maples, edelweiss, iris, dogwoods and coneflower complete the traditional look of this new home. Vintage Cupcake will be offering free treats, and Joy Bossi will be signing her new book, The Incredible Edible Landscape, by Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow.
Garden 3 – The Holt Garden – 350 North 6900 East, Huntsville Peninsula
This fantasy garden was featured on the original garden tour in 2009, and many expressed their desire to see it when several new additions had grown in. Well, they have. The circular perennial garden is full of texture and color; the pool/fire pit patio has been completely reworked, and a new circular raised planter full of showy annuals and perennials graces the main driveway.  Brand new this year, a bermed, wooded area has been added to the front of the property, and features VanderWolfe Pines, Oriental Spruce, Bakerii Spruce and assorted evergreen groundcovers.  You will not want to miss the Yew hedge maze, giant Sorry! board game, crabapple alle and oversized, green stone fire pit.  Ogden Nature Center Information Booth and free samples provided by Ogden's Bistro 258.
Garden 4 – The Van Zandt Garden -1340 North 7000 East, Huntsville 
Started with a design ten years ago, and added to each year, this garden is home to The Ardent Gardener.  Distinct rooms provide cohesiveness to the garden while masses of plantings tumble over the beds. This fully landscaped one acre property is constantly evolving to accept new plants and new areas are carved out each season to see what plants will thrive in the Valley's tough environment. A formal rose garden, English style herb garden, Native garden, Meditation garden, Secret Garden and koi pond provide lots of fun areas to discover.  Silver, nature inspired jewelry designed by Ashley Stoddard for sale, raffle for a gift certificate to Ward & Child The Garden Store in Salt Lake City.  
Garden 5 – The Christie Garden - 6916 East 1325 North, Huntsville
This beautiful, family friendly garden has amazing dry-stack stone walls defining the upper patio and raised herb garden.  Barbeque area, fire pit area, and huge play area make this the yard all the neighbor kids want to play in.  Heavily planted with cold hardy trees, shrubs and perennials, there is color, texture and scent through every season.  Free samples from Beehive Cheese and artwork by Linda Sellars for sale.
Garden 6 – The Foulger Garden – 4808 East 3100 North, Eden
This modestly sized lot on a quiet residential street belies the magic to be found in the back garden. While most homes in the areas feature a big back lawn and perimeter plantings fronting a white vinyl fence, this garden has a gorgeous wild flower meadow, multiple garden rooms including a fire pit  patio across the seasonal creek, a hot tub, and a delightful dining patio. A definite feeling of being one with nature is felt in this meticulously maintained garden. Free coffee provided by Eden Coffee and Cocoa Co. on the morning of the garden tour in this garden. 
Garden 7 – The Donahoe Garden, 3837 Elkhorn Trail, Eden (The Highlands)
Designed to fit in with the surrounding native hillsides, this garden utilizes much of the boulders found on the site during construction to gently retain the site and to provide planting pockets. Little of the native landscaping was disturbed during construction of the home, and generous plantings of native shrubs and flowers help blend the landscapes together.  A unique spiral herb and vegetable garden is also constructed of boulders from the site. Art by Our Children's Earth will be on sale in this garden
Garden 8 – The Hales Garden – 4485 North 3150 East, Liberty (Bailey Acres)
Another garden owned by a plant lover.  Narrow paths meander through lush plantings of drought tolerant plantings. This garden is full of texture with wild grasses, dry creek beds, shady tree lined gravel paths, and free form stone patios.  With beautiful perennials stuffed into every cranny, there is a surprise around ever curve! This home has a very steep drive to access the gardens.  Free lavender infused lemonade samples by Ogden Valley's Lavender Hill Farms, and artwork for sale by Paulette Johnson. 
Many thanks to the following sponsors:
• Tri City Nursery • Western Landscaping • Ward & Child • Eden Coffee & Cocoa Co. • Bistro 258 • Beehive Cheese • Vintage Cupcakes • Lavender Farms Lemonade • Zucca Trattoria • Ashley Stoddard • Our Children’s Earth • Earth & Art • Joy Bossi book signing • Paulette Johnson Leaf Art • Linda Sellers.
For more information please contact the Ogden Nature Center at 801-621-7595.

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