Saturday, June 08, 2002

Garden tourists mind manners

By Peg St. Clair
Enquirer contributor

        Amy and John Duke are garden lovers extraordinaire. Their Hartwell garden is filled with a complete collection of award-winning daylilies. A wide variety of unusual perennials, trees and shrubs, along with a garden railway and fairy garden, are artfully designed on their half-acre lot.

        They have graciously opened their gardens to schools, nursing homes and the general public for garden tours.

        Mr. Duke shares a few pointers with those of you who may be attending garden tours this summer.

        • Enjoy, don't rush. Learn in this place of beauty and friendship.

        • Stay on the paths.

        • If you bring children, make sure they are well attended.

        • Please don't weed or deadhead the plants. Don't comment on problems you might see in the garden.

        • Smoking should be avoided.

        • Compliment the gardeners, and thank them for sharing their hard work. Tell your host what you liked the best.

        Some dates to consider:

        • The Blue Ash Woman's Club's annual Garden Tour will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The tour will begin at 7 Trailbridge in Blue Ash. Information: 891-4043.

        • Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs Inc. and the Lebanon Conservancy will celebrate Lebanon's Bicentennial by opening 10 homes and five historic gardens 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22-23. Tickets are $20 for both home and garden tours; $15 for the home tour only, $5 for the garden tour only. Tickets are available at the Gerald Miller Co. and Good Housekeeping Shop in Lebanon. Information: (513) 932-1881.

        • Garden Tour and Open House at Mary's Plant Farm & Landscaping, 2410 Lanes Mill Road in McGonigle, will be 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 22 and noon-5 p.m. June 23. There will be self and guided tours of unusual plants and shrubs, including 1,600 varieties of daylilies, true lilies and roses. Information: (513) 894-0022.

        • Birdhouses in the Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26-30 at home of Brenda Demetriou, 1065 Gaskins Road, Withamsville (Amelia area). Joan Day of Hamilton will have trough gardens and miniature plants at the garden. Free admission. Information: 752-0860.

        Contact Peg St. Clair by phone: 541-4680; Web site:


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