Saturday, June 08, 2002

Garden tours entice


Four neighborhoods will show off wildlife habitats, yard art, ponds, stone walls and more

By The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Garden tours are planned for next weekend in Monfort Heights/White Oak, Newport and Mount Adams.

        • The Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association's Spring Garden Tour will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday. Tickets, $7, will be available at each of the five gardens:

[photo] The Monfort Heights/White Oak tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday includes this English-style garden at 5479 Sanrio Drive.
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        — 5851 Farlook Drive (off Jessup and Cheviot roads). Bird life abounds in the garden designated a National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”

        — 6010 Gaines Road (off Jessupand Cheviot roads). This garden features shade plants, a waterfall, pond and pathways that cross a raised bridge and lead to a deer-proof vegetable garden and rose arbor. The Wild Ones' native Ohio-plant sale will be at this garden.

        — 5479 Sanrio Drive (off Race, West Fork and North Bend roads). The English-style garden has sweeping lawn areas separated by dry-stack stone walls and a stone stairway leading to a shaded pergola and rose-covered arbors and trellises.

        — 5674 West Fork Road (off North Bend Road). What the owners call their “work in progress” includes an outdoor patio “room” edged with boxwood hedges and decorative paving and an ample use of yard art. Parking will be available at the Cornerstone Open Bible Church on West Fork Road, next to this garden.

        — 5626 Sprucewood Drive (off North Bend Road). This yard features perennials in raised beds and borders, some with vegetables nestled among the flowers. The association's Perennial Plant Sale will be at this garden.

        Information: 662-0541.

        • Newport's East Row Garden Club's annual Garden Walk, including nine gardens in the city's Historic District, will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday .

        Tickets, $12, will be sold during the tour at the Watertower Square parking lot, Sixth and Washington streets. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

        Many of the gardens are small and enclosed by century-old brick walls and ornate iron fences, characteristic of the historic neighborhood's Queen Anne and Italianate architecture.

        Among the gardens is a hillside garden — its first time on the tour — offering a panoramic view of Cincinnati. It features shade and sun gardens and several structures, such as a honeysuckle arbor. Since it is several blocks from the East Row neighborhood, a shuttle will run between the garden and the ticket area.

        Each of the gardens will have live music. Two relaxation area will be provided along the route, and vendors will sell plants and garden-related decorative art and gifts.

        Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Buenger Boys & Girls Club in Newport and the club's neighborhood gardening projects.

        Information: 588-4600; www.eastrow.org.

        • The Mount Adams Garden Club's annual Garden Walk, “Gardens on the Hill,” will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. next Saturday.

        Tickets, $8 in advance, are at the Mount Adams Bookstore and Wine Shop, 1101 St. Gregory St. On the day of tour, tickets, $10, will be sold at the corner of St. Gregory and Pavilion streets. Free parking will be at the Monastery, 1055 St. Paul Place.

        The tour will include 13 gardens — some highlighted in the past and some previously unseen by the public. Many will provide ideas for planting and using small urban spaces for entertainment or relaxation. Volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

        Information: 381-6151.

       



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