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When Pinterest fails: real gardening tips that actually work in West Jordan

By Natalie Conforto | natalie.c@mycityjournals.com

Sarah Oler, a
stay-at-home-mother of four in West Jordan, cultivates her garden as a hobby, a
true food source and a way to teach her boys some table manners. She has found methods
to make her backyard blossom as the rose, even in this tough, rocky West Jordan
soil that has foiled many a hopeful local gardener. Her secret is letting nature’s
recycling program do the work, with a little help from manure, eggshells and
worms.

How many
5-year-olds voluntarily eat asparagus? Oler has found that when her boys watch
something grow in the garden, or better yet, harvest it themselves, they are
more likely to eat it when it appears on their plates for dinner.

“I love that
they can just pick some asparagus to eat when they want a snack,” Oler said. “I
don’t think we’ve ever brought raspberries into the house—they all get eaten in
the backyard,”

The Olers have
15 raspberry canes, which they keep productive all summer by mulching often
with the pruned clippings of their own fruit trees. This sustainable cycle
keeps expenses low and yield high.

A “food forest”
spans the south end of the Olers’ backyard, where perennial plants grow
basically maintenance-free, supporting each other in their own ecosystem. Unlike
annual garden plants, which stifle each other when grown too closely together,
the plants in the food forest thrive in close proximity, mimicking a real
forest. It contains a larger canopy of apple and cherry trees, a sub-canopy of
larger shrubs and bushes such as goji berries, gooseberries, valerian and roses,
medicinal herbs including comfrey, oregano, and thyme, groundcovers of
strawberries, caledula and mallow, and root crops of onions, carrots and beets.

“Mother nature
likes to keep herself covered,” Oler said, citing that groundcovers help retain
water and suppress unwanted weeds.

Four garden
boxes line the Olers’ north backyard, where they grow typical annual garden
plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce and kale. In the winter, they
let everything naturally erode rather than yanking out all the dead plants. Leaving
the plants intact helps to preserve the soil structure, while pulling them out
would collapse the networks created by the roots and stems. Dried husks of last
year’s tomato plants are still evident in March. When planting time arrives
after Mother’s Day, Oler will prepare her beds by going through with a shovel
and breaking up the soil and dried stems, which will just add to the soil
makeup for this year.

“Don’t till your
soil,” Oler said. “Just gently fold in soil additives so that your soil
structure remains intact and microorganisms can thrive. The microorganisms are
what give you healthy soil.”  

The Olers don’t
have to shell out the cash for fancy compost. Instead, they make their own.

“I’m not a
vegetable farmer; I’m a soil farmer,” Oler said, adding that she couldn’t
emphasize enough how important compost is for her soil. The Olers keep an empty
5-quart size ice cream tub on their kitchen counter, where they deposit leavings
such as banana and orange peels, peach pits and overripe fruits and veggies.
Every couple of days, Oler will empty the waste into one of her “worm tubes” in
her garden boxes, or bury it in her garden compost trench, adding shredded
newspaper or dead leaves as a carbon to balance with the nitrogen of the food
waste. The food in the tubes attracts the worms that are already in her yard,
and their “castings,” (ahem, poop) further enhance the soil. Months later, the
waste will decompose into fine compost. For more information on worm tubes,
visit www.thewormtower.com.

“Don’t throw
away any of your organic matter,” Oler said. She doesn’t even toss her weeds. Instead,
she lays plucked weeds back onto the soil and allows nature to devour them,
incorporating their substance into rich compost.

Eggshells are
another part of Oler’s soil nutrient regimen. Each week, one of her boys is
tasked with smashing the eggshells left after breakfast into a 5-gallon bucket
in the garage. By early April, the bucket is half full of fine eggshell bits,
and ready to be scattered into the garden beds. Oler said that the eggshells
“add calcium, and help prevent blossom-end rot in tomatoes.”

Oler explained
how she enriches her compost for free.

“In West Jordan,
there are plenty of horse properties, and many people are willing to give away
their manure,” she said. “Just make sure that it’s been sitting there for a
full year, and it will be superfine and light: the perfect top layer for
planting seeds or starter plants.” Oler knows the manure is ready for her
garden when it doesn’t give off that barnyard fragrance.

Oler’s methods
not only economize the available organic matter from her yard, but they also
conserve her family’s budget. She has found that her harvest-time grocery bills
are significantly lower, and her family of six feasts on fresh, nutritious
produce all summer long.  

  

Backyard gardener Sarah Oler
recommends these gardening holidays.

New Year’s Day

Order seeds

Plan your garden plots

Valentine’s Day

Prune your trees and save the
prunings

Start tomato and pepper seeds
indoors

St. Patrick’s Day

Start watermelon and cucumber
seeds indoors

Easter

Prepare garden beds:

·     
Roughly chop dried stalks, organic matter with a shovel

·     
Empty worm towers and replace in the ground

·     
Add any soil amendments like crushed eggshells

·     
Sprinkle on other organic matter such as fall leaves,
dried grass stalks and deciduous tree prunings (not pine) cut into short
twigs

·     
Top dress with a few inches of manure compost

·     
Plant cool climate crops: peas, carrots, garlic, onions,
lettuces, spinach, broccoli, kale (mid-April)

Mother’s Day

·     
The week before planting, harden off seedlings grown
indoors

·     
Water your seedlings well and plant into the garden. Make
sure the soil in the pot is level with the garden soil.

·     
For tomatoes, remove bottom set of leaves and plant your
seedling 1–2 inches below the next set of leaves.

·     
Plant zucchini, winter squash, green beans, cucumbers,
melons, indoor seedlings and any other vegetable seeds

·     
Water well

·     
When plants emerge, add mulch such as older grass
clippings, leaves, straw or untreated wood chips

Article source: http://www.westjordanjournal.com/2017/05/17/142527/when-pinterest-fails-real-gardening-tips-that-actually-work-in-west-jordan

Spring Gardening Tips from Pro Landscape Designers

Nothing is better come spring than grass under your feet, gloves on your mitts, and a tinge of warmth in the air—well, those things and a handful of spring gardening tips from the best in the business. Even seasoned gardeners might feel paralyzed by all there is to do and what matters most when the world goes electric with new buds and leaves. (It’s not always easy being green, as they say.) So we consulted some top landscape and garden architects to get their best spring gardening tips. To make this whole “happy plants, happy life” thing go a little more smoothly.

Look ahead.

Spring is a time to enjoy fresh new growth, flowers, and extremely favorable natural lighting that illuminates our gardens—my advice is to both soak in this spring beauty but at the same time analyze what is missing so that next year is even better. Do not ever get static or bored in your garden. Gardens are a place to take risks and experiment with color, texture, and form. —Bernard Trainor, Bernard Trainor + Associates

The lush gardens at Joan and Sandy Weill’s Sonoma Valley residence include a section planted with roses, zinnias, delphiniums, phlox, coneflowers, and periwinkles.

Get thee to a nursery.

Well in my line of work, start getting fit for spring in January! Never be far from your best bulb and plant nursery catalogues. I make notes on all the gardens constantly, as I’m always striving for yet more beauty and wonderful timings and combinations as things unfurl. —Miranda Brooks, Miranda Brooks Landscape Design

At this East Hampton, New York, home, a gate, surrounded by ‘Albéric Barbier’ roses and white Clematis terniflora, leads from the vegetable garden to a path mowed through the grass. Rhubarb and lilies grow at the base.

Edit, edit, edit. Think big. Be bold.

If you want to have an impact, large numbers of a single plant material can be very dramatic and unexpected. In general, I prefer to see no more than three plants together in a single area. My pet peeve is the use of “onesy” and “twosy” plants that ends up looking like a busy mess. —Andrea Cochran, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Every tree in this northeastern Ohio topiary garden owned by Cil Draime is trimmed twice a year.

Mulch!

Plants are always happier under a thick, coarse layer of natural mulch. Don’t get the chunky wood bark nuggets from the hardware store, go to a landscape supply yard and get the rough, imperfect looking stuff. It’ll grey out in the sun and look beautiful, and keep the roots of your plants cool and healthy. Embrace your inner hippy and mulch mulch mulch. —David Godshall, Terremoto

For Oscar de la Renta’s Connecticut garden, color is key in the landscape. Blue agapanthus is in striking contrast to the distant green landscape.

Plant native plants.

Insects and birds will suddenly start hanging out in your garden with you. You’ll be greeted with birdsong and the buzz of bees, and there’s nothing better than a garden that ecologically vibrates. —David Godshall, Terremoto

In the distinctive hornbeam walk of a Sussex, England, garden, two parallel rows of eight brush-head hornbeams march on tall bare trunks toward a Lutyens-style bench flanked by tubs of silver Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki.’

Fill your garden with objects of your life.

Maybe if you go to the desert one weekend, find a small beautiful rock that you come across and take it home, and place it somewhere in your garden. With time your garden will become a confluence of your life experiences, which is lovely. Do this sparingly, of course! —David Godshall, Terremoto

A rock garden of ferns and spring flowers is sited at the edge of the woods on a sprawling Westchester, New York, property.

Article source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/spring-gardening-tips-landscape-designers

This Week in the Garden: How to win the war of the roses


Fungal infection to your roses presents as black spots on the leaves. (Sharon Hull -- Contributed)

Fungal infection to your roses presents as black spots on the leaves. (Sharon Hull — Contributed)








Roses have been especially spectacular this spring. All over our area, rose plants have produced a giant showy mass of blossoms, at least in part because of our abundant winter rains. But alas, along with the abundant flowery growth has come a rampant scourge of the dreaded fungal disease Black Spot. If you look more closely at many of those gloriously flowering shrubs and vines, you’ll notice signs that the foliage has problems. Small black areas appear on some leaves, then as the fungus spreads, more and more leaves become diseased, eventually turning yellow and dropping from the plants. If left untreated, the disease can eventually completely defoliate the plants, making them not only unsightly, but also weakened, since the leaves are the energy-producing engines for the plants. Most active in damp humid weather, this disease thrives in our mild summers when daytime temps tend to be in that range. The spores can germinate, proliferate and become visible in three to ten days. The cycle is repeated about every three weeks throughout the summer. It can spread to all susceptible plants in a garden unless the gardener takes steps to control it.

What is an organic gardener to do? We do have some options that are environmentally sound.

First in my arsenal is the organic control called Serenade which has proven quite effective for me in past years. This biological treatment contains a unique, patented strain of Bacillus subtilis which attacks many fungal diseases without harming the plant itself, or endangering other organisms including the gardener. (Remember this product if you have had problems with tomato blight in past seasons. It can be used right up to day of harvest, though it is most effective if application begins well before a fungal disease becomes entrenched.) Serenade is available in local garden centers. You will find more information here: www.bayeradvanced.com/serenadegarden.

There are a number of other commercially-made organic fungicides as well. For example, the well-known Safer brand sells a fungicide containing sulfur. Sulfur was for many years the most widely used treatment for fungal diseases, and is still used by organic farmers today on specific crops. Safer Garden Fungicide is said to control powdery mildew, black spot and rust on roses, as well as fungal diseases on other ornamentals and on vegetables. . This product is approved for use on organic farms by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI.) Many people also report good control using a Neem or horticultural oil spray.

In addition to over-the-counter products, you might choose one of the time-honored homemade methods used for many years by both farmers and gardeners. Baking soda is a common household ingredient, and can be used as a fungus preventative. Combine 1½ teaspoons of baking soda with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and a gallon of water. Spray to combat black spot, rust or powdery mildew every 5 to 10 days until the solution drips off the plants, and spray more frequently in rainy or humid weather. A long list, including recipes, for many other home-brew fungal treatments can be found here: mastergardenergirl.wordpress.com/list-of-homemade-organic-recipes/.

In addition to treatments, sanitation is important to prevent the spread of fungal and other rose diseases. Remove and bag infected foliage (do not put diseased material in your compost bin!) and keep fallen leaf debris removed from around your plants. Irrigate using drip or soaker hoses so that water doesn’t get on the foliage. Prune to allow light and air circulation into the interior of your plants. And when choosing new rose varieties, select those that have the designation “disease resistant.”

Garden tips are provided courtesy of horticulturist Sharon Hull of the San Lorenzo Garden Center. Contact her at 831 423-0223.

Article source: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/lifestyle/20170518/this-week-in-the-garden-how-to-win-the-war-of-the-roses

Garden Guru Reveals Helpful Tips To Fight Weeds

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval carries a lot of weight for people.

Recently, the magazine released a list of 13 homemade weed killers that work.

KDKA-TV’s Rick Dayton went to a local expert and asked him for his thoughts on the list and then asked him to add a few of his own.

“Some gardeners that I talk to actually find weed pulling therapeutic. I am not one of those. I can’t stand pulling weeds,” Tribune-Review Home Garden Editor Doug Oster said.

But, Oster said you don’t have to break your back to keep the weeds away.

“I am more about smothering them using mulches to cover them up, and one of the tricks is having a lot of mulch on hand. So you do your mulching at first and then in two or three weeks, you are going to have a spot that something is going to pop up – just throw some mulch over that,” he said.

Oster likes straw for a variety of reasons.

“It is a great mulch, not only is it a weed preventer, but it also will keep the soil evenly moist which is what all plants like,” he said.

One old fashioned and rather inexpensive tool also does the trick.

“Grandpa’s old half-moon edger — that’s what I use. Just cutting that edge in there, grass can’t jump into the bed. Grass roots won’t grow into air and so you are making an edge just by that and it looks great,” he said.

Other suggestions to kill unwanted garden visitors include, boiling water, salt and vinegar.

“That will kill anything. The thing is when you pour vinegar on some area, yes you are killing the weeds but you can’t grow anything else there. The same is true with salt, especially,” Oster said.

Next suggestion: If you can’t beat them, eat them.

“There’s a bunch of weeds out there that are edible. I make a garlic mustard pesto for people and garlic mustard is an invasive weed you see everywhere and it’s actually edible,” Oster said.

There’s an old saying among gardeners that weeds are just misplaced flowers. For example, a dandelion. A lot of people are using them on salads. It is a little bit bitter, but it really is something that you can eat.

“I know a guy who grows a lot of greens for a lot of the fancy restaurants in Pittsburgh, and 30 percent of the mix is dandelion,” Oster said.

We’ve saved the best for last and Oster swears by it.

“Putting seven to 10 layers of newspaper down over some compost, some good soil, wetting it down to keep it in place and then putting mulch on top of that,” Oster said.

It will last all year and leave nothing behind. It is safe as can be as long as you use the right section of the paper.

“It will just decompose into the soil over the year. The only thing we don’t use are the shiny inserts from Sunday’s paper. That could have some heavy metals in it,” he said.

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Article source: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/05/17/garden-guru-reveals-helpful-tips-to-fight-weeds/

Tips to help protect gardens from spring snowstorm

DENVER — Snow is making its way to the Denver metro area, and that could spell trouble for plants and trees.

Experts said now is the time to prepare for the May cold snap. Flowers such as marigolds and petunias will be especially vulnerable under snow.

“Any vegetables or herbs, you definitely want to protect them,” said Ace Hardware lawn and gardening manager David Arabie.

That protection comes with covering plants, according to Arabie.

An old sheet or products from a gardening store will work — anything that will allow the plants to breathe.

But experts say make sure to provide support under a covering to ensure heavy snow will not crush plants. Coverings for some smaller trees are also available at gardening stores.

Coverings available at most garden shops should cost just less than $20.

“If you’re getting a lot of snow and you start seeing the branches bend, get your push broom out there and shake it,” Arabie said.

Adding some insulation around exposed pipes could help with pipe maintenance and sprinkler systems.

Better yet, draining exposed pipes through a bleeder valve is the best option.

Article source: http://kdvr.com/2017/05/17/these-tips-will-help-you-protect-your-garden-ahead-of-spring-snowstorm/

Botanical Garden opens children’s Discovery Trail


The master plan shows the Toledo Botanical Garden’s children’s Discovery Trail.

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Various delights that define Mother Nature can be seen and felt along a walking trail: the sun, animals, trees, wind, and the emotions they inspire.

Such trails also serve as a place to learn.

When it comes to teaching children about nature, Toledo Botanical Garden hope physically digging and planting will be the best learning experience along its very own Garden Discovery Trail.

“These are interactive stations that will be brought to life and I think the kids will really enjoy them,” said Karen Ranney Wolkins, executive director of Toledo Botanical Garden. “The garden has been working toward having a delightful place of engagement for children and this has been worked on for many years. It was time to pull the trigger and do something meaningful.”

The Garden Discovery Trail, which was designed by national experts in family garden design, covers the 66-acre Elmer Drive campus with a goal of enticing families and their children to learn about and interact with nature.

The trail’s vision became stronger last week, as five “playable moments” opened for children to experience hands-on interactions with nature along the path.

Children can now use their imagination while in the secret spruce grove, as they sit and observe the kinds of creatures taking shelter in the area. Other might create a story with words on stones in the word garden.

Ms. Ranney Wolkins said the playable moments not only provide hands-on experience with nature, but are a tactic used for people to experience the entire trail.

“These will bring visitors throughout the garden and give them hands-on things to do,” she said. “The children can play, and have fun through learning.”

More playable moments along the Garden Discovery Trail include moving pollen from one flower to the next at a pollination station, listening to sounds of creatures and the wind at the music of the woods area, and bringing out their inner horticulturist at the digging and planting area of the trail.

Ms. Ranney Wolkins said the trail engages children in education through interactive stations. The playable moments will evolve through each season of the year, giving those walking it an opportunity to experience new things in nature brought with change.

“This is intended to bring children and their families throughout the garden to experience the whole 66 acres,” she said.

The trail and playable moments are free to the public.

Contact Geoff Burns at: gburns@theblade.com or at 419-724-6054.


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Article source: http://www.toledoblade.com/Gardening/2017/05/17/Botanical-Garden-opens-children-s-Discovery-Trail.html

Swedish Tower’s 15th floor is reserved for a panoramic garden

C.F. Møller’s winning design for a new 22-story high-rise set for construction in Västerås is nothing if not unique. The building’s elliptical shape allows for open facades facing in all directions and creates a new silhouette for the city’s skyline.

The building will be constructed as a hybrid of solid wood and concrete. Concrete is the load-bearing construction up to the 15th floor. The remaining seven stories will be framed in solid timber.

A panoramic garden on the 15th floor will act as the demarcation line between the concrete and wood construction. The garden will be a gathering place and common area for the building’s residents and will also be visible from outside the structure, creating a focal point.

 

Rendering courtesy C.F. Møller.

 

“Our ambition has been to optimize the synergies between the city, building, and urban greenery,” says Ola Jonsson, architect and associate partner, C.F. Møller, on the firm’s website.

In addition to the 15th-floor garden, urban greenery will be incorporated at the foot of the building in a new square that includes a plant wall and green areas. Additionally, the building’s façade will be covered with undressed wood that is weather-protected by the overlying balconies on each floor. These balconies can be closed and serve as winter gardens to allow for growing seasons to be extended throughout the year.

Tall, thin glass panels will connect the 169,000-sf tower’s balconies. These panels will have integrated lighting to illuminate and highlight the façade even during the night.

 

Rendering courtesy C.F. Møller.

 

Rendering courtesy C.F. Møller.

Article source: https://www.bdcnetwork.com/swedish-tower%E2%80%99s-15th-floor-reserved-panoramic-garden

Tidelli Outdoor Living at The Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2017

Tidelli Outdoor Living (www.tidelli.com) will be on display at the 53rd Pasadena Showcase House of Design from April 23-May 21, 2017.Tidelli’s signature colorful and bold style, has most recently been seen at the Pacific Design Center(PDC) as Tidelli held a Grand Opening of a permanent showroom last month. It is with that same passion for forward innovation that Tidelli will make a stellar presentation at the Pasadena Showcase House where Tidelli has been selected to be a part of two spaces: The “Terrace” and the “Outdoor Room.” The Tidelli presentations in Pasadena are designed by founder of Tidelli, Tatiana Mandelli and Eliezer ‘Leo’ Cruz of GAD – Garden, Design Architecture. The Tidelli designs bring a modern twist to the formal English style of the house with minimal intervention to its structure.

The design duo decided to mix contemporary furniture and accessories to transform the space into a lively, updated –yet-cohesive-outdoor area where the traditional and new co-exist in harmony. Besides blending styles, they intentionally created a warm seating and dining area from where the beautiful open lawn can be appreciated. “We selected functional pieces made with the most sophisticated material– all made to withstand the weather-such as the recently released faux concrete dining table top. The colors pop against the live green wall. The big colorful rug made in nautical rope ties the entire space together,” says Tatiana Mandelli.

Some of the highlights of the Tidelli presentation are the highly popular Sailor Lounge Chair which is a 2017 finalist for an Innovation in Design Award from Cottages Garden. The new Tidelli Accessories Collection is also highlighted and features one of a kind lanterns, rugs, vases and baskets that are all hand-crafted with nautical rope. The Tidelli Fusion Stool will also be seen and is designed by Maria Candido Machado for Tidelli. The Fusion Stool is topped with Brazilian teakwood and works as a seating stool or as a side table. The highlighted pieces are only a preview of the designs that can be seen from Tidelli at the Pasadena Showcase House 2017. The entire Tidelli collection can be seen at the Tidelli PDC Showroom, 8687 Melrose Ave. Suite B116. West Hollywood, CA.

About Tidelli: After 25 years of creating and transforming the outdoor luxury furniture industry in Brazil, Tidelli Outdoor Living has joined the USA and has opened a permanent showroom at the Pacific Design Center (PDC) in Los Angeles. Tidelli has a flagship showroom in Orange County that serves as the distribution center with a dual focus on residential and hospitality business. Tidelli Outdoor Living offers a wide collection of over 200 handmade products in infinite color combinations. The product portfolio includes a variety of chairs, sofas, sun loungers, day beds, dining tables, stools and much more. Tidelli Outdoor Living is a family owned company that was formed and managed by three siblings: Tatiana, Roberta, and Luciano. The youngest brother, Giancarlo Mandelli, has now also joined the company to expand its oceans to the Northern hemisphere. The Tidelli Outdoor Living manufacturing facility was constructed in an underdeveloped community with a focus on socially sustainable business practices including continued job and growth opportunities for the local residents and is proud to continue their growth into the United States.

For more information about Tidelli Outdoor Living, visit the official website www.tidelli.com.

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Article source: http://robbreport.com/shelter/home-design/tidelli-outdoor-living-pasadena-showcase-house-design-2329071/

Lodi Farmers Market makes its return – Lodi News

Lodi Farmers Market makes its return

Lodi Farmers Market makes its return

A shopper buys grapes during the last farmers market of the year in downtown Lodi Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.



If you go

When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday until Aug. 31

Where: School Street from Elm to Oak streets (and to Lodi Avenue this week) in Downtown Lodi

More information: www.lodichamber.com/lodifarmersmarket/

Want to participate?

It’s not too late to sign up as a vendor or an entertainer.

Contact Chet Somera through the Chamber by calling 209-367-7840 ext. 110 or email csomera@lodichamber.com

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 am

Lodi Farmers Market makes its return

By Kyla Cathey/Lodi Living Editor

Lodi News-Sentinel

The Downtown Lodi Farmers Market is back, with fresh fruits and vegetables, scrumptious treats, live music and entertainment, clothing and crafts vendors, and more.

“We’re really looking forward to having a great time down here,” said Chet Somera, special events manager for the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce and the market’s manager.

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      Jerome home tour shows off the old and the new

       

      Every year for over half a century, the historic mining town of Jerome opens its doors for a home and building tour.

      This weekend, about 1,500 people are expected head to the tiny mile-high town in the Verde Valley for the 52nd annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour.

      Donna Chesler, vice president of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and publicist for the event, said the tour appeals to people for a variety of reasons.

      “People are fascinated with life in a town of 440 people, including the challenges of not having many of the services most people come to expect, like a grocery store, bank, gas station, doctor and drugstore, and the lifestyle of being in a town that attracts one million visitors a year,” Chesler said.

      “Then there are the folks who love a great renovation. The tour will take people to homes that not only have unique settings perched on a hillside but have interesting interiors, to say the least. Some are simple, some are elaborate in detail and some are works in progress.”

      The tour will feature seven stops, starting with the Clubhouse, which was a hospital before it became a meeting place for residents of Jerome and nearby Clarkdale during the mining days. Now, it’s being refurbished as condominium housing, Chesler said.

      The tour will also include stops at the Pontious House, with tin ceiling and rough-hewn woodwork; the David Soul House, which Chesler said is home to a wood sculptor and innkeeper; and the Gamble/Burris Cottage, with lovely gardens and landscaping and huge views.

      People should wear comfortable shoes and expect to do plenty of walking and stair climbing, Chesler said. Vans will take people to some of the stops.

      The event organizers do not repeat a home on the tour for at least five years, which Chesler said is pretty impressive considering there are not that many houses in a town of 400 people.

      “It is a challenge to find great properties with amazing owners who will open the doors to 1,500 people for two days,” she said.


      Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour

      When: Tickets on sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21.

      Where: Tour starts with ticket purchase at Spook Hall on Hull Avenue, Jerome.

      Admission: $20, $10 for kids, free for age 3 and younger.

      Details: 928-634-2900, www.jeromehometour.com.

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      Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2017/05/15/jerome-historic-home-tour/323480001/