ENID, Okla. — Garfield County Master Gardeners will sponsor their annual garden tour Friday and Saturday.
Time for Friday is 6:30-9 p.m., and the time for Saturday is 9 a.m. to noon.
The tour will highlight seven of Enid’s creative garden spaces and provide an open gardening forum for their owners.
The tour has two community roles, education and philanthropy. Participants have an opportunity to learn about plants and view design concepts. A portion of the funds raised by the tour support the Ron Robinson Memorial Horticultural Scholarship, awarded yearly to a student majoring in agriculture/horticulture at Oklahoma State University.
Tickets are $10 for adults and children 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday the Garfield County Extension Service office, 316 E. Oxford. Tickets also can be purchased at any of the featured properties either day of the tour and are good for both days. Participants can begin the tour at any of the locations.
The six featured residential garden locations are 5301 Evandale Drive, 2618 Marymount, 3232 Clairemont, 3302 Clairemont, 1509 Quail Creek Drive and 1501 Wynona. Each location has its own personality, and the tour represents wide variety of garden settings and ideas.
The OSU Extension Center demonstration garden at 306 E. Oxford is one of the Garfield County Master Gardeners’ project gardens. Examples of Oklahoma Proven perennials, annuals, shrubs,and trees can be seen within that landscape. A pocket prairie garden and two keyhole gardens are unique to the extension property. On the west side of the demonstration garden, the children’s garden is a work in progress, already enjoyed by several groups of school children and teachers. During the tour, the extension center location offers a plant sale, OSU horticulture education materials and a garden boutique, the place to purchase the ever-popular Master Gardener gloves.
Guests will enjoy live musical entertainment at select gardens Friday. Performing will be Kristin Koehn, violin; Mitchell Lyon, guitar; Elizabeth Allen and Becky Butler, flutes; Greg Stong, guitar; and Mike Gwinnup, trombone. Both Friday and Saturday vendors, including Linda Stong, “OF Earth and Hand Pottery,” Gretchen McKee, “Flying Pig Pastures,” The Garden House, and Garfield County Master Gardeners will offer a wide variety of creative items at several tour locations.
The gardens on the tour present interesting lifestyle design options for socializing: water features, trees, shrubs, large planted containers, walkway material, arbors and mulch. Guests are encouraged to bring a pad and pencil to take notes along the tour for observations of varieties of plants with many variations in color and texture, as well sun or shade requirements. The tour offers an opportunity to speak with these gardeners and learn from their experiences. Participants also are encouraged to bring questions or any special concerns regarding their own gardens and look for ideas to harvest from this year’s garden tour for their own back or front yards.
For more information about the tour, call (580) 548-5783 or visit the Garfield County Master Gardeners Facebook page – Events.
For more information about gardening and landscaping, call the extension office at (580) 237-1228, or email questions to Rick Nelson, extension ag educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by the extension office.