Gardeners of all skill levels and ages, or those who simply enjoy viewing amazing gardens, will be delighted to hear that the Greeley Garden Tour is back for 2021.
The tour will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will continue until 2 p.m. The tour will include five residential gardens as well as the gardens of the Powder Learning Center.
This year’s garden tourists can expect to see a wide array of plants, flowers, garden art, and more.
“The Frain completely transformed their sod front yard into an xeriscape garden as part of the City of Greeley’s Life After Lawn 2018 pilot project,” said Ruth Quade, tour committee member. “The Poudre Learning Center has a sensory garden and the Wilcox Garden is home to many native plants and tries to use reused items.”
Guest artists and musicians often volunteer to attend a specific garden on the tour to play music or paint, which makes the tour even more interesting.
Eli and Marva Willcox, 4725 9th Street Road, are delighted to welcome visitors as they tour their garden. The couple were on the tour in 2005.
“We changed some plants and added elements to our yard and garden. We have garden art that my son made, as well as flower gardens, ”said Marva Willcox. “The majority of my plants are water efficient plants, and some parts of my garden don’t have water. And they are doing wonderfully. Our biggest goal is to have beautiful gardens while using little water.
The Willcoxes took up gardening to cope with their grief after losing their daughter, Catey Willcox, 16, in a car crash in 1998. What started with a few plants here and there has grown into a passion for it. couple.
“Our very first garden, which we still have, is our little garden for Catey,” said Marva Willcox. “That’s the goal that got us started, and then we kind of lost our minds and went crazy and went everywhere.”
The locations of the other gardens on the tour are:
- Deb and Gene Frain, 1219 23rd Avenue Court, Greeley.
- Joan Reed, 3214 Cramer Avenue, Evans.
- Sharon and Willard Kendall, 3507 Powderkeg Drive, Evans.
- Misty Peif, 5750 Arrowhead Drive, Greeley.
- The Powder Learning Center, 8313 F St., Greeley.
Each year, the tour committee collects garden suggestions from friends, acquaintances, community members or residents who volunteer to participate in the tour. Committee members will then take a look at the potential candidate garden and report on the visit.
Profits from the tour will be donated to the Poudre Learning Center. The center educates the community about environmental stewardship and nature through 65 acres of walking trails, habitats and gardens.
The money from the visit allows the center to purchase native plants and help fund the centre’s program called Families Investigating Science at Home, or FISH.
“The money goes to a good cause and gardeners love to share their gardens,” Quade said. “They are proud and other gardeners love to see what someone else has done, how they handled a problem, an innovative idea or beautiful art. The gardens are as unique as the people.
When the tour began, the proceeds were donated to the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing for scholarships. The tour committee was able to fully endow two $ 1,000 scholarships for undergraduate nursing students. The scholarship program was able to continue thanks to the Gift of Garden account of the UNC Foundation.
Tickets for the tour are $ 15 for adults and teens 13 and older. Tickets for children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the gardens or in advance at Lolly’s Hallmark Shop, 2030 35th Ave., Pope Farms Produce and Garden Center, 6501 28th St., and Happy Life Gardens at 2000 37th St.