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Valley garden tour planned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014

VALLEY — Area families invite visitors to the 2014 Valley Garden Tour scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 9. Chuck Rasmussen and Jill Wasinger organized and created the Valley Garden Tour and hope it will grow in years to come.

Pre-registrations are not required. This is a come-and-go event, so feel free to stop by the homes on the tour anytime during the 10-3 event on August 9.

For more information contact Jill at 580-2025.

Participating families include:

• The Smiths at 8020 County Road 9 South. Ed and Carla have created not only a refuge of colorful beauty but also fresh veggies that nourish their active lifestyle. Ask questions about her recipes as well. Draw upon their creativity and sense of beauty.

• The Malouffs at 510 Brown. The thing about Kay that everyone knows is her amazing stained glass work. Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, one of her works illustrates her sunny, upbeat personality. Come witness how she transfers that in her amazing yard.

• The Claytons at 1312 Maroon Drive. In this new subdivision north of the high school football stadium is a jewel of immaculate beauty – xeriscaped/backyard water features, all lovingly completed by a brother for a sister, Southway Construction/Ramstetter Landscape.

• The Melgares Family at 920 South Eighth Street. Juanita and Cisco have created a palette of color on their east side of the house trail that leads to a backyard tribute to the Blessed Mother bathed in a yard of bright floral blooms. This yard speaks of love.

• Alyce Fujii at 901 Duke, the corner of Duke and LeRoy. Now is the chance to see the backyard of this southwest home, with its south facing breakfast nook. Note the Asian corner and flourishing veggies on the north backyards.

• Jill and Pablo at 204A Edison Ave. Recessed back from the large front lawn is the amazing workmanship of Pablo, coupled with the creativity of artist Jill. What can be done in a small space? Come and see.

• The Moellers at 8414 Hwy 285, north of Antonito. Plan a lunch or evening meal in Antonito before/after seeing the yard and garden created by this ranch wife. Ask her about her garden produce and how it finds its way into amazing homemade salsas.

• The Neibels at 960 Main, Sanford. Paul and his wife restored not only the old Kirby House but also the old Kirby Heirloom Gardens as well. Virtually everything here is grown from seed. He is a well of vast gardening knowledge. Come enjoy this rare and unique yard and gardens.

• The Espinozas/Valdezes at 880 Main, Sanford. Art and Eleanor have created immaculate beauty. Elm trees have been, over the years, cultivated and honed like hedges, now tall, beautiful umbrella-like trees. He has amazing grapes, too. The path leading to the backyard of his daughter and her family, Regina and Frank, is equally worth the visit, pristine and beautiful.

• The Cornums at 32 Walnut, La Jara, two blocks east of Jack’s Market. This is the real deal. Honestly, when it comes to vegetable gardening and canning, there is no one to compare to the amazing job by Dale and Deann. Bring a notebook and pencil. This is the place for answers.

• The Rasmussens at 4 Myron Way, La Jara. Chuck and Genia are proud of their Danish heritage. As such, Jord the stork sits atop the garden arbor along with the flying Dansk Danneborg banner. Enter the small Danish greenhouse, view the French Potager gardens and play Italian lawn bowling, Boccé in the back yard. “Hyggle,” the Danish term for “more than cozy,” is meant to be felt here.

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