Lincoln Garden Saturday Tour Features Different Styles | Garden & Landscape

Ray Gebhard spent 14 years working in his garden, making waterfalls and tending to a variety of Asian plants.

“It just evolved,” Gebhard said. “I started small with a single landscaping rock before I really put more work into it.”

His garden will be featured this year during the annual garden tour, organized by the Garden Club of Lincoln. The tour, which includes nine gardens across Lincoln and surrounding areas, will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Each garden features a different landscaping style, such as Oriental or Xeriscaping, where very little lawn is planted.

Some gardens on this year’s tour have carefully placed rock, water and gravel features, creating a path for visitors to follow.

“By creating a path, the idea is to invite people to enter your garden and be surprised by what they might find,” said Teri Ourada, who organized the garden tour.

Members of the Garden Club of Lincoln will be present at each garden to answer questions and receive donations. Application for the gardens that will be featured in next year’s tour is open year-round.

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“The tour is so fun because people from all over the community come looking for ideas to use in their own gardens,” Ourada said.

The nine stops on this year’s tour are:

*1308 N. 38th St. — Kate Borchman and Chuck Hassebrook’s garden features a patio surrounded by perennials and shrubs, including columbine, iris and milkweed.

*1320 N. 38th St. — Ray Gebhard’s front garden opens onto a scenic rock waterfall. A Japanese maple also lines the porch with perennials.

*3850 Orchard Street — Dan and Beth Alberts’ garden features an interesting collection of eclectic artwork filled with hiding places and surprise creatures. The xeriscape style showcases an informal planting design.

*1116 N. 38th St. — Marge and Thomas Knight’s garden features a mix of native shrubs and perennial beds, which create a serene garden with pollinator and predator-friendly plants.

*3809 Apple St. — Judy and Kevin Welsch’s garden welcomes visitors with paved walkways, bobo hydrangeas and a weeping redbud. Their backyard is balanced by two small gardens, one of which wraps around the hot tub, a fire pit, and a “light in the dark” patio.

*3464 Orchard Street. — Tim Turnquist and Jim Benes’ little garden is full of charm and an abundance of bees, butterflies, birds and other happy visitors. Their garden includes pollinating plants, various prairie perennials, lemon balm, milkweed and ornamental onions.

*1359 Prairie View Road, Eagle (just past 190th & Old Cheney Road) — Denny and Diane Jackson’s land was previously seeded by the developer with a mixture of prairie grasses and flowers, which provide habitat for countryside critters. Today their garden is an evolving collection of new varieties of perennials and annuals along with some shrubs and garden art, striving to balance the colors throughout the summer months.

*3835 Holdrege Street — The flowerbeds behind Varner Hall on UNL’s east campus are home to more than a dozen rows of mostly herbaceous perennials. These range from grasses native to Nebraska, such as Indian grass and prairie drop seed, to towering sunflowers and colorful Brazilian verbena.

*3850 Center Street — UNL’s Backyard Farmer Garden was created and maintained by certified Master Gardener volunteers. It celebrates its 70th anniversary with informal tours by a local master gardener.

For more information regarding the Garden Club of Lincoln and the annual garden tour, contact the club at

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