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Garden Stroll offers glimpse of six gorgeous gardens

The skies are blue, and the flowers are thirsty. Many of us are struggling to get those pesky weeds out of our flower beds and laying out fresh beds of mulch. Some local residents have taken gardening and landscaping to the next level, and you can see them all yourself this weekend.

Six gardens will be featured on this year’s 2016 Garden Stroll, presented by the Howard County Master Gardener Association this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. rain or shine.


“Even if it’s not their style of garden you can always pick up a few ideas along the way. And it’s just a nice way to spend the day.”


The gardens offer a wide range of landscaping styles including the Hall-Haupert Garden’s blend of Asian style ponds, pathways and bridges and the Keller Garden’s classic mix of fountain, statue and pathing.

“These people work so incredibly hard,” explained event coordinator Marian Cable. “They just work their behinds off for us. It’s incredible what they do.”

The stroll is a self-guided tour, which will allow interested visitors to explore at their own pace, ask questions and hopefully be inspired.

“They look for a lot of ideas, landscaping ideas of their own. Even if it’s not their style of garden you can always pick up a few ideas along the way. And it’s just a nice way to spend the day,” said Cable.

Gardener Larry Keller retired from hhgregg four years ago. He and his wife, Brenda, have worked hard to be included on the tour.

“My wife and I are pretty proud of our gardens. I’m sure there are nicer ones. We’ve worked hard at what we have, and I think they look really nice,” said Keller.


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This June 14, 2016, photo shows a trickling water feature in Larry and Brenda Keller’s garden at 2142 Cameron Dr. The garden is one of six featured in the Howard County Master Gardener Association’s Garden Stroll on June 25, 2016. Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune


Tim Bath

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“We’re a little bit older now. It’s just something we can do at our own pace. You get a lot out of it because things grow, and they look really pretty”

The garden stroll started in 2001 as a way to fund a horticultural scholarship, and today it has expanded to fund scholarships from Purdue and Ivy Tech. The stroll is also a chance to help educate burgeoning gardeners.

“Our main purpose is to promote good gardening practices,” Cable explained. “It’s the learning and just the beauty of nature, being outside, that sort of thing.”

“For instance, the monarch butterfly will only lay eggs on milkweed and, of course, farmers have eradicated a lot of milkweed. And the numbers are down. If you don’t have pollinators you don’t have food.”

The stroll will also include a plant sale at the welcome center at the Center Road branch of the Kokomo Howard County Public Library. The sale will include native plants, perennials, grasses, shrubs and more. Most plants will be about $3.


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This June 14, 2016, photo shows a grass pathway in Larry and Brenda Keller’s garden at 2142 Cameron Dr. The garden is one of six featured in the Howard County Master Gardener Association’s Garden Stroll on June 25, 2016. Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune


Tim Bath

Strollers can also take part in a contest to count the number of pagodas in the Hall-Haupert Garden. The winner will receive a set of three garden lanterns with LED candles.

Tickets for the event are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the stroll. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased at Banner Flower House, Bowden Flowers, Cossell’s Creative Landscaping, Eden’s Way, Flowers by Ivan and Rick, Garden Gate Greenhouse in Peru, Jefferson House of Flowers, Salsbery Garden Center, Pro-Hardware in Russiaville and White Lilies N Paradise or at the Welcome Center on Saturday.

For more information, visit the Howard County Master Gardener Association on Facebook at http://bit.ly/28LKjIg.

Article source: http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/local_news/garden-stroll-offers-glimpse-of-six-gorgeous-gardens/article_f273f944-37e1-11e6-a0b6-ef9d200bf230.html