NORTH MANCHESTER — The semi-annual North Manchester Garden Tour has become inspiration for gardeners, nature lovers and all who appreciate the serenity of the outdoors. It has earned a reputation as being both soothing and invigorating. It is a day filled with beautiful blooms, exotic plants, creative design, garden art, butterflies, birds and fellowship. The “Welcome to My Garden” tour is intended to cater to those who wish to enjoy a leisurely stroll through unique and charming gardens, or those who wish to garner inspiration for their own garden projects.
The 2016 ‘Welcome to my Garden’ walk is Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hosted by the Manchester America in Bloom (AIB) committee. The walk will begin at the Eel River Town Gardens located adjacent to the Lutheran Church at 113 W Main Street, in downtown North Manchester. Garden walk participants will find a delightful outdoor market at the Eel River Gardens filled with vendor booths displaying artistic wares, garden art, plants for sale and many decorative and useful items for the home and garden. This year the tour features seven distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area.
The gardens of Rick & Deb Bauer feature a pond and waterfall that is home to fantail fish. Horticulturally speaking, the main theme is tropical plants with some Japanese elements. The Bauer’s aim has been to create a resort-like landscape so that Rick and Deb feel as if they are on vacation every day.
The second garden on the tour features Gary & Dee Montel’s garden featuring lush plantings of many hosta varieties, daylilies, irises and flowering shrubs. A new deck and paver patio along with a paver walkway on ally side that is an extension of their lovely home.
Cam and Debbie Vanyo will host guests on the garden tour to the garden they created surrounding their historic North Manchester home. Cam’s main source of plants was by rescuing them from houses slated for demolition. The Vanyo’s lament that there is no method to their garden –they just love plants!
The home of Marie Quick is surrounded by a stone pathway, a beautiful memory garden and a waterfall that flows down a hill. Garden tour guests will discover a “secret garden” tucked into an outdoor alcove at the United Methodist Church. The garden is tended to by church members who share a love of gardening. A beautiful urn made of artisan pottery serves as a bubbling fountain and lends a serene sound of flowing water to the garden.
The gardens of Matt and Diana Nettleton have developed a love for exterior beauty in all seasons. Blanketed in a canopy of shade provided by Japanese maples, magnolia trees, spruces, maples and oak trees, are variety beautiful shade growing plants.
A short country drive leads to the home of Larry and Mary Ann Swihart where they have created a lovely country setting for the backdrop to their cottage style home. Stunning gardens are composed of flowering shrubs, blooming perennials, ornamental grasses and evergreens surrounding the home. The backyard of the Swihart’s home features a large country style porch, kidney shaped reflecting pool, pots overflowing with annuals and a waterfall with a koi pond.