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Lifestyles

June 12, 2014

Walk to feature six gardens

Spring has finally arrived and released the tiresome grip of winter. It has taken a while, but things are finally starting to awaken and green-up with gusto. Everyone is full of questions as to why their plant has not started growing yet. It has been a slow start to the season, but the plants will catch up fast as the days warm. I am certainly enjoying the beautiful blooms of the spring plants on my travels around the city.

The Clinton County Master Gardeners are again sponsoring a Garden Walk in the City of Clinton on June 22 from noon to 4 p.m. I can think of no better way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon touring five private gardens and the Bickelhaupt Arboretum with family and friends.

My garden was on the Garden Walk of 2011 and what a fun time it was. Nothing is better for a gardener than to have someone come into your garden and enjoy all the hard work you have done. Gardens can be large or small, and people enjoy seeing how you have designed the area, and hopefully can take away a small idea to incorporate into their landscape.

On the Garden Walk this year, I think we have something for everyone. There are large and small gardens, formal and casual gardens, gardens with special features.

Garden No. 1: Ewing and Carol Miller, 3340 Allie Lane, Clinton. A beautiful formal landscape in front but the backyard holds a host of surprises like a small orchard and casual landscape and playground for family fun and enjoyment.

Garden No. 2: Dan and Carol Mabee, 215 Thorwaldsen Place, Clinton. The woods in this garden border an old Clinton estate, a pond is enjoyed by lots of wildlife, a more casual garden for enjoyment rather than display.

Garden No. 3: Bickelhaupt Arboretum, 340 S. 14th St., Clinton. Fourteen acres with nine specialty gardens, plant collections, and the Heartland Garden Conifer Collection with over 450 different species.

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