The 29th annual Greeley Garden Tour takes place on Saturday from 8am to 2pm featuring five unique gardens.
The gardens display a diverse range of flowers, plants, trees and shrubs, as well as pergolas, waterfalls, garden decorations and art.
The gardens include examples of water-loving, semi-arid and dry-fall plants, with two of the gardens participating in the city’s Life After Lawn program, which replaces lawns with sustainable landscaping.
This year’s garden tour takes participants to the courtyards of the following addresses:
- Bruce and Lyn Carlisle, 2583 54th Ave.
- Dean and Marsha Weber, 2505 55th Ave.
- Josh and Laurie Watts, 2603 58th Ave.
- Deb and Matt Martinez, 2016 27th St.
- Karen Habig, 1221 18th St.
The Carlisles were featured at the 2018 Garden Tour, where a hailstorm destroyed much of the couple’s hard work just days before the tour. Luckily, they had photos of each garden bed to show the contestants what their garden looked like before Mother Nature’s wrath. This year, the couple is crossing their fingers and hoping for nice weather so those on the tour can see their work in person.
If you are interested in growing fruits and vegetables, protecting them from the elements and the world of composting, then you should definitely check out Dean and Marsha Weber’s home. Not only have the couple created serene and beautiful landscaping, they have cleverly employed pergolas and hailcloth to protect their vegetable garden and built a compost facility.
For people who may be undecided about transitioning their landscaping from lawn to a more water-friendly environment, John and Laurie Watts’ garden is a great place to see how to do it. The Watts used the city’s Life After Lawn program to create an inviting space to sit and enjoy potted flowers, bird baths and fountains.
“John and Laurie Watts use a lot of the repurposed items they buy on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace,” said Pam Dorsett, president of the Greeley Morning Garden Club. “Both are creative and clever.”
Deb and Matt Martinez’s garden is proof that landscaping and gardening is an ever-evolving process. The couple’s use of trees, shrubs and perennials shows beginner gardeners how to keep color in their gardens and create privacy throughout the summer. The couple’s biggest gardening challenge was dealing with Japanese beetles.
Karen Habig’s garden will not only introduce visitors to the beautiful landscaping, but will also give them the opportunity to see a home that is on the Greeley Historic Preservation Register. Habig’s Garden teaches participants that you can still have a fabulous garden in smaller spaces. Habig’s garden consists of hydrangeas, morning glory, creeping buttercups, lilacs and much more. And like the Martinez couple, Habig has also fought with Japanese beetles.
“We’ve got some really fabulous stuff this year. It’s mind-blowingly awesome,” said Dorsett. “Even if you take just one or two things away from these gardens, it’s a success.”
Tour participants have the opportunity to meet the host gardener, garden club members, master gardeners and tour volunteers to learn more about the ins and outs of each garden. Many of the gardens also feature live music and artists doing live paintings of the landscape.
Proceeds from the tour benefit Greeley Morning Garden Club’s beautification projects across the city. Some of the projects the club has overseen include tending the flowers in the Star of Honor at Soldiers Field in Linn Grove Cemetery, tending the Veterans Memorial in Bittersweet Park and tending the perennial garden beds at the Centennial Library.
The Garden Club is celebrating 66 years of service to the community and welcomes members of all ages and gardening abilities.
Tickets for the tour cost $15 per person and can be purchased online or from the following retailers:
- Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts Boutique, 809 10th St.
- Happy Life Gardens, 2000 37th St.
- Lolly’s Hallmark, 2030 35th Ave., Suite D
- Lincoln Park Commercial Center, 822 8th St.
- Yarns from Carol at the Greeley Farmers’ Market, 902 7th Ave.
Entry to the tour can also be purchased for cash only on the day of the event at any of the gardens.
Visit www.greeleygardenclub.com for more information.