I can honestly say the Bristol Village Garden Tour started off with a thunderous BANG! You might wonder why I would say that, but on Friday, June 23rd on the first day of the garden tour, Southern Ohio was hit with the back-side of Tropical Storm Cindy. It was as if a giant zipper opened and the rain hit the ground all at once. The storm dropped around 4-5 inches before clearing.
What a difference a day makes! On Saturday, the weather was spectacular! Humidity dropped, the sun rose, and the Garden Tour opened its doors at the Glenn Center at 9am. Tour vans were gassed up and ready to circle the individual gardens and parks throughout the village. (Pictured above on left is Randy Sanders of Pike County Farm. On right is Gale Martin and friend of Natives and Harmony.)
Four major Bristol Village gardens were on the tour:
- The Scioto River Valley Garden Railroad: This unique garden railroad will quickly take you on an exciting journey. Whether you are a kid, or a kid at heart, be prepared to be awestruck by the beautifully landscaped wonderland of railroad villages. You’ll feel like a little kid in a candy store!
- The Mary Cooper Wildflower Woods: Mary Cooper, a Bristol Village resident, transformed the woods from a landscaper’s dumping ground to a shaded bower of wildflowers about 15 years ago. You truly need to hike the shaded paths each week to experience the transformation and growth, as well as being part of this spiritual awakening.
- Crop Corps Gardens: Village residents have the opportunity to grow crops of their choosing in the Bristol Village community garden. Individuals are assigned plots and water, tools, and compost are furnished. The plots are rototilled in the spring and fall. Some of the harvested vegetables are shared with other residents and the Waverly Food Bank. Many of the flowers go to the crafts class at the Nursing Home to make dining room table flower arrangements.
- The Hummingbird Garden: Located in the atrium of the Glenn Center, this new garden is planted with flowers that attract hummingbirds: native honeysuckle, native columbine, native bee balm, and salvia. The supplemental feeders get lots of attention from the hummers as well, while they wait for the new plants to increase in size and number. Watchers can observe the birds through the windows of the walking track or sit outside at a table.
In addition to the four major gardens, there were 10 beautifully created home gardens each with 2-5 separate gardens on the Village tour. Added features included:
- Speakers Randy Sanders of Pike County Farm, and Gale Martin of Natives in Harmony.
- Several vendors lining the walking track.
- Prizes to those who tour all the gardens.
- The Terrace Café served an elaborate buffet brunch.
All said and done, it was a beautiful day for a garden tour. Definitely looking forward to next year’s adventure!
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As always, I am…a green-thumbed Boomer Explorer.