The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 25, 2013

Garden showcase Friday and Saturday

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield County Master Gardeners have a couple of reasons for holding their annual Garden Tours of Enid.

For one, they want to spread the word to people about great gardening, hoping to inspire others to give their green thumbs a try. The other reason is proceeds from ticket sales help fund the Ron Robinson Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded each summer to an Oklahoma State University horticulture student from the area.

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This year’s tour is 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cost is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are good for both days and may be purchased at any location on the tour dates. In addition, there will be a plant sale at the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Center, 316 E. Oxford.

Entertainment and/or vendors will be on site at each location.

Gardens to be showcased are:

• Diane and Jon Ford, 3619 Willow Lake Lane.

• Sandy and Truman Landwehr, 3805 Willow Lake Lane.

• Phyllis and Charles Coup, 3809 Willow Lake Lane.

• Linda and Ron Licklider, 905 Compound.

• Alvarado Ranch (Magdalena and Jose Alvarado), 3226 N. Washington.

• Extension Center, 316 E. Oxford.

Diane and Jon Ford

3619 Willow Lake Lane

Their garden has been a labor of love for more than 20 years.

The front of the home features color annuals and strawberries, an edible ground cover. The garden also features raised-bed vegetable gardens and a waterfall.

Sandy and Truman Landwehr

3805 Willow Lake Lane

Containers feature hibiscus, Norfolk Island pine, knock-out roses, pines and a 10-year-old arborvitae. Chartreuse-colored moneywort is the groundcover contrasting with the foliage color of hostas and heuchera under bald cypress trees planted 10 years ago.

Phyllis and Charles Coup

3809 Willow Lake Lane

This garden has evolved over the past 14 years through a collaboration with the Landwehrs.

A “Colorado look” in the front berm has created separation from the street and cools the front entrance. In-ground and container plants include knock-out roses, salvia greggii, gaura, bronze leaf begonias, gaillardia and evergreens.

Linda and Ron Licklider

905 Compound

This Mediterranean-style garden has been in the works for 20 years.

Growths of boxwood hedges travel the length of the garden. Use of ivy creates a faux lawn of greenery throughout the garden.

Sycamore and maple trees canopy the rear Zen-like garden. A larger carved granite Tachi-gata temple lantern and carved boulder-style Ikekomi-gate grace either side of the garden walk.

Magdalena and Jose Alvarado

3226 N. Washington

One large elm tree is the only plant still on the four-acre property from when the garden was started more than eight years ago.

Soil excavated for the 11-foot-deep pond helped level the area and established a lush, cushioned Bermuda grass lawn. Willow and maple trees surround the pond and line the driveway.

Extension Center

316 E. Oxford

The expansive area surrounding the building is tended by Garfield County Master Gardeners.

Many of the plants in the garden are on the Oklahoma Proven list, which was created to help people choose plants that will thrive in the Sooner State.