The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 25, 2008

Garden Tours of Enid set for Friday, Saturday

Six Enid gardens will be spotlighted Friday and Saturday during the annual Garden Tours of Enid.

The event is a fundraiser for Garfield County Master Gardeners. Proceeds are used to fund a $1,000 scholarship for an Oklahoma State University horticulture student.

The tour will be 6:30 p.m. to dark Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. To ride a bus to the locations, call 234-6646 for reservations. Cost is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at the Oklahoma State University Extension Center, 316 E. Oxford, or at any home on the tour.

On display this year are:

1814 Mockingbird Lane

Barbara and Harlan Anderson

The modern architecture of the Anderson’s home provides a hint of what visitors will see when they enter the gate to the courtyard. The garden is a contrast between the straight lines of the raised beds and the whimsy of the plant shapes.

Karl Foerster grass, Scoth broom and ornamental and culinary oregano are in brick raised beds. Switch grass by the fence does not bend under the weight of snow and supports unusual winter shapes. Whirling butterflies (gaura) and Russian sage catch the eye in the center of the courtyard.

In the back yard are arborvitae, deciduous hollies and a large native rough leaf dogwood.

2433 Robin Ridge

Sharon and Paul Franklin

Antiques, birdhouses, birdbaths, crosses and old wood have been used to create an innovative garden.

Pines, rocks and a river birth with peeling bark can be seen. An old bench from Franklin Motor Co., founded by Paul Franklin, holds his collection of old bricks.

A mound of creeping juniper and a small pond highlight the walkway. The back yard features an old metal wheelbarrow, an attractive building with a porch and a dry stream with pond liner and rocks the Franklins found on hikes. The long wooden bench on the porch was used by people waiting for the train in Woodward. The potting bench next to the shed was made from old barn wood.

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