The 19th Garden Tour, sponsored by the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club, will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
This year’s tour features eight different stops that promise a wide variety of gardens, from flowers to vegetables, as well as a wide range of different gardening practices and techniques.
The tour offers personal views of vegetable gardens, raised gardens, the work of regional master gardeners, an orchard garden, a hidden garden, lakes, shady gardens, a variety of container gardens and more. “Gnome at home.”
“You’ll see people encircling their vegetable garden to protect them from deer and different types of fences to protect the deer.” Said Marilyn Peterson-Shipp, a member of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club.
“People have designed their garden in many ways” Said Skip Thompson, who is also a garden club member. “Some have a combination of vegetables and flowers.”
Thompson and Peterson-Shipp said homeowners are on hand to give tips, talk about the plants they grow and more.
The annual tour, according to Thompson, is a way for people to showcase their hard work.
“Expressing their artistic abilities with live plants” he said.
The tour used to be held in the afternoon, but the club has been a great success since the start of the Twilight Tour in 2017.
“It’s Friday night, people are ready to go out and do something.” Thompson said. “You can start the trip early enough and then go out to eat and the gardens are very different in the middle of the day. We ate it in the middle of the day when it’s hot. People don’t come out on a hot day. It’s looser. ”
Tickets can be purchased at Becker Florists or members of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club. $ 10 for adults and children under 14, accompanied by a paying adult.
The new stop on this year’s tour is the courtyard of Denny and Debbie Coulter.
“It’s an attraction” Peterson-Shipp said. “He did an amazing landscaping with his yard.”
The main focus of Coulter’s flower gardens is the 50 pots and hanging baskets that praise the landscaping.
Coulter says growing different plants and flowers is a hobby – but he invests as many hours as full time.
“I grew up doing this with my mom and dad” he said. – It’s a passion.
Coulter’s parents were Jerry and Pauline Coulter, owners of Jerry’s Fruit Basket.
“We had a 20-acre garden and we also sold flowers – something in my blood and I can’t take it out.” he said. “Every year I say I’ve reduced it, but every year I add more.”
Coulter said he opts for orientation using containers because it can do that more easily.
“Twenty years ago, I had a serious accident and I don’t get up and down so easily.” he said.
Another advantage of potted plants is that you can better control the growth environment of that particular plant.
“I can better control growth” he said. “You’re dealing with a particular vessel and dirt. There are things that require different care and you can give them what they want. “
Containers can also be rotated throughout the yard. If a person is struggling, he can put it back out of sight until he recovers. If you have a particular pot that is blooming, it can be easily taken out to showcase.
Coulter said he has a true love for tropical plants – especially hibiscus.
A certain hibiscus tree, which is 13 years old, started from a small cut.
Other favorites include torenia and scaevola. It mainly plants flowers with a preference that does not require much care.
Coulter had problems with the deer coming to his yard.
“They really like hibiscus” he said. “My yard was a buffet for them.”
Sprays may work, but they have a strong odor and require frequent reuse.
To control the problem, you simply increased the height of the fence.
Coulter has proven that even the most fertile plots of land can conjure something beautiful.
He said he was having trouble growing grass near the edge of his property line. After some investigation, he found six inches of cement underground left by contractors building the house.
His solution? Rock garden.
If we pass by it, one will never know what a problematic area it once was.
Coulter said he was ready to visit people during the Twilight Tour and that he had worked in a number of professional settings, including his family’s business, Eddie’s Greenhouse, Smitty’s and more – people would get expert advice to get.
“If you love flowers, you have to come see it” he said.
About the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club
The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club meets at Lion’s Den in Fort Dodge every third Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Peterson-Shipp said guests are welcome at meetings and often includes an information program.
The Garden Club will use the proceeds from the Twilight Tour and their annual plant sales to support horticultural scholarships at Iowa Central Community College; donating the Iowa Arboretum, Botanical Center and books to the Fort Dodge Library.
If you want to introduce your garden next year, Thompson and Peterson-Shipp encourage you to attend a meeting, contact a club member, or visit Jeff Becker at Becker’s Florists.