Master Gardeners host stroll through county landscapes

CLINTON — Plant and nature lovers will have an opportunity to walk through some of the most interesting gardens in Clinton County Sunday, June 23 during the annual Clinton County Master Gardeners' Garden Walk.

The Master Gardeners' Stroll Through the Countryside will feature five gardens from from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any of the featured garden sites.

People on the stroll will visit Jill Bielema’s home on a quiet cul de sac. It features an assortment of conifers, lilacs and hydrangeas e atop a hill overlooking the Mississippi River. Bielema's home is located north of Clinton at 4656 164th St.

The Lois and Richard Feddersen garden at 4213 140th St. in Clinton has been evolving for 50 years and includes a large shade area for hostas as well as a peaceful seating area located adjacent to a century-old smokehouse.

Darcy and Mike Crockett's home at 1575 380th Ave. in Bryant is a five-acre property with a small creek and bridges landscaped with silo slabs. A walkway showcases garden art, perennials and bird feeders. A border of large rocks collected from the fields frames their home, and their yard includes a firepit, shaded deck and flower gardens

Barb Farwell, an art teacher for 36 years, has created a showcase yard, with the help of her husband, at 1295 362 Ave. in Goose Lake. Farwell uses size, color, variety, texture and emphasis in design of her flower beds.

Farwell works with a landscaping company.

Jenni and Scott Grantz live at 3793 170th St in Bryant. A sprawling sycamore tree provides shade for their large hosta bed. In 2013 Jenni began a collection of dwarf conifers and unusual small trees. She used large and small boulders to build a retaining wall and dry creek.

This is the first year the annual garden walk has featured only gardens in the country, the Master Gardeners said. All proceeds from the walk are used to fund Master Gardener programs.