Heritage Ranch Residents Revive Dormant Garden Tour
Heritage Ranch Garden Tour Chairpersons (left to right) Michelle Jones (Heritage Ranch
resident for 13 years) and Jan Urban (Heritage Ranch resident for 10 years).
Six gardens in Heritage Ranch were featured in the Heritage Ranch Garden Friends Garden Tour, 2018. Docents, stationed at each home, greeted over 200 attendees. They provided a description of the garden and directed the flow of traffic. Guests, upon arriving in each garden, were welcomed by the homeowners for a time of meet and greet and questions and answers. The come and go event was held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The Garden Tour committee consisted of Michelle Jones (co-chair), Jan Urban (co-chair), Eileen Kalb, Nancy Dallas (artist), Isabel Pumilia, Becky Watts (master gardener) and Sandra Teagarden (master gardener). The tour took 13 weeks to plan. The Garden Tour, which had been dormant for four years, was brought back to life because of this committee. Committee chairpersons, Jones and Urban, were very pleased with the garden tour turnout. Urban said, “People brought their families and friends because they remembered it from years past. “ This event also provided a good place for residents new to Heritage Ranch to meet their neighbors. Residents who recently moved to Texas were able to learn what plants and flowers grow well here and some gardeners
gave away plant clippings.
Each garden on the tour was chosen by the committee. The committee named each garden and
provided an in-depth description of the garden’s contents. Following are the six gardens with excerpts from the garden tour descriptions. The Baxter Garden, “A Little Bit of Heaven”, “As you approach this beautiful yard, you are greeted by splashes of red from Loropetalum and red maple, with the yellow of Lantana and daylilies.” The Crosby Garden, “Shaded Oasis”, “…a peaceful, shaded backyard paradise with full mature trees and shrubs for the owners’ privacy.” The Foley Garden, “A Pallet of Color”, “This beautiful English garden is a pallet of wonderful color. There are seven separate beds featuring full sun, partial sun and shade gardens.” The Faucher Garden,”Trees and More”, “What a nice surprise as you turn the corner into the spacious backyard! Over 15 trees grace the area with shade and a pleasing variety of foliage.” The Hohenbrink Garden, “Beautiful Update”, “Recently planted trees include two Purple-Leaf plums, two Chinese Pistache, two eight-foot Purple Smoke Trees and four ‘Spartan’ junipers.” The Teagarden Garden, “A Plethora of Plants”, “Follow the flagstone walkway to the north
side, where a magnificent Japanese Maple shelters daylilies, Hellebores, ferns, foxglove, stonecrop, climbing roses, Heucheras, Hydrangeas, peonies, bleeding heart, ‘Henry Duelberg’ Salvia and Phlox. “
The Garden Friends hold monthly meetings which include an educational speaker. Jones and Urban said the speakers inform attendees on which plants do well in Texas and specifically what plantings are appropriate for certain lot sizes. Go to http://heritageranchgardenfriends.com/ for more information. Anyone in Heritage Ranch is welcome to join Garden Friends. Jones and Urban recommend the McKinney Garden Club to those who are not a Heritage Ranch resident and interested in gardening.