Annual Garden Tour Grows in Popularity
The emphasis of the 2019 Heritage Ranch Garden Friends Garden Tour was on backyard patios. The garden tour committee chose homes to be toured based on ease of entertaining, inviting feel for guests and innovative entertainment features. Additionally, the committee looked for a wide variety of plantings, color and shape, unusual plants and trees and presentations, neatly shaped shrubs, cared-for lawn and beds and overall impact.
There were six homes included in the tour this year which was held Jun.1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This was the second year for this tour to be held. It was open to everyone, not just to residents of Heritage Ranch. 250 people attended this popular event, which was an increase from last year’s numbers. At each house, two docents were present to answer questions. Two of the homes offered homemade rosemary shortbread cookies made with rosemary from the homeowners’ gardens. Unusual plants had identification stakes. Picture taking and question asking were encouraged. If attendees hadn’t purchased their tickets online, they were asked to place $5 in the decorative watering can at any of the homes.
Fairview resident Beth Lewis is one of the Garden Friends committee members. She explained her favorite element of the Garden Tour, “Probably everyone's favorite element is the amazing gardens. Heritage Ranch gardeners are so creative…and since they're retired, there is lots of time to research, plant, and nurture!” There are several Master Gardeners in Heritage Ranch.
One of the homes on the tour belong to John and Judy Eastburn. Judy said they have enjoyed gardening since they were married 50 years ago. They have lived in Fairview for 13 years. She said she likes to experiment with different plants to see what will grow in the continuously changing light in her yard. She describes her yard as a compact and peaceful outdoor living area. She lists the Japanese maple, fountain and porch swing as some of her favorite elements of their backyard. This is the Eastburn’s second year to be featured in the Garden Tour. Judy said she likes visiting with everyone as they come through her backyard on the tour.
Another of the homes on the tour belong to Harry and Lois Crosby. The Crosby’s moved to Fairview five years ago from Horseshoe Bay, TX. Harry explained that he started gardening 20 years ago when he was trying to creatively divide their property into interesting areas. This year, he has planted 180 Dianthus. Lois describes their backyard as private and tranquil, “Our own private Eden.” They participated in the Garden Tour last year and enjoyed meeting people from all over the Town of Fairview. The Crosby’s celebrated their 65th anniversary on May 29.
Garden Tour committee members are Jan Urban, Debbie Serpas, Frito Boyd, Becky Watts, Sandra Teagarden, Michelle Jones, Karen Morrow, Eileen Kalb, Marilynn Tolle, Julie Wilmoth, Barbara Wilkes, Pam Finlan, Naomi Catlin, Charla Green, Bonnie Short (Garden Friends coordinator) and Beth Lewis.
Proceeds from this event will go to paying honoraria for speakers at the Garden Friends monthly meetings.