From Linn County Master Gardener Claire Smith: Hi again – I promised to give you more info on the gardens that are being showcased in the Master Gardener Garden Walk.
First, though, a quick review of the Garden Walk info – Saturday, June 14, 2008; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – $5 per person, $10 per family. Five diverse gardens. Either go to www.extension.iastate.edu/linn for info and a map, or call the Hortline at 319-447-0647.
The Ortberg, Skripsky, and Weiss gardens are pretty close to each other on the southeast side. I covered the first two last week, and we’ll start with the Weiss gardens this week.
The Weiss Gardens – 4255 Beaver Hollow SE, Cedar Rapids
Talk about Hills! This beautiful, cottage style home sits on a medium to steep hill in a forested area – about an acre. The home of Master Gardener Kevin Weiss, this challenging landscape qualifies him as an expert in hillside techniques. The front is a medium slope, and with limestone steps, urns, and terraced beds, they provide an elegant entrance to the home. The back yard is 75 percent steep hill, with limestone slabs and containers dispersed up the hill and with a magnificent rushing stream/falls that land in a pond. The landscaping provides the effect of a garden portrait that causes one to gasp with delight.
The Walser Gardens – 3934 Falbrook Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids
Deb Walser is well known as one of the “Voices” of the WMT Master Gardener Radio spot. She is a wealth of information ranging across ALL types of plants and gardening. Her gardens near Kennedy High School show that expertise on an odd shaped, sloping urban lot. Her beds will dazzle you with their range of plants and settings with raised vegetable beds, annuals, perennials, and fruits. She has used her space to great effect with multiple decks and boardwalks that lead you from one type of garden style to another. As she says, “Amazing what can be done on your own!”
The Hennessey Gardens – 5524 Cimarron Court, Marion
Darrell Hennessey is known in Master Gardener circles as “Mr. Conifer.” His acreage in Marion has magnificent sprawling conifer beds that provide a backdrop for 14 flower beds. But the true centerpiece must be the conifers – in all shapes and sizes, arranged in beds on a property that is vast enough to showcase them beautifully. If you’re interested in learning more about conifers and how to choose them for your property, this garden is a must! Darrell is also refining his beds for lower ongoing maintenance, and he and other Master Gardeners will be happy to share ideas to help you accomplish the same thing.
There you go – the line-up for Saturday, June 14. Hope you can join us for a beautiful garden day!