German Village Gazette

Garten Club

Tour offers full spectrum of outdoor living

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Sandy Kight's "secret garden" is one of six stops on this year's German Village Garten Club's annual membership tour, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27.
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Sandy Kight wouldn't let a little thing like shade ruin the splendor of her yard.

A towering 200-year-old basswood tree eventually would cast long shadows over her Beck Street property, choking off the light essential for her sun garden plants.

So she adapted by planting hostas, caladiums, rhododendrons and other species that do well in shade.

Her property additionally is highlighted with Monet arches adorned by climbing vines, a brick sidewalk and a solarium in the backyard.

"It's bursting with different textures and colors of foliage as well as different heights," Kight said. "Everything is lush green except for bursts of white and blue blossoms."

Kight's is one of six gardens on the German Village Garten Club's membership tour, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27. This year's tour is "Blues and Begonias on Beck." All stops are along Beck Street.

Blues music will be played throughout the tour, which begins at Frank Fetch Park, where tickets are sold. Tickets for Garten Club members are $15 each and $20 for non-members. That price includes a free one-year membership to the Garten Club. No pre-registration is required.

Each garden is labeled -- Kight's is known as the "Secret Garden" -- but addresses only will be printed on tickets to save the surprise for tour-goers, said Bob Mullinax, president of the Garten Club.

"Formal Eccentricity," is a garden divided into various garden rooms using boxwoods and other structures with window boxes.

A third, "Crystal Clear Serenity," showcases colorful container pots surrounding an in-ground pool. "Lush Green Elegance" uses extensive foliage and many begonia varietals lining brick pathways.

"Whimsical Wonder" offers one-of-a-kind sculptures and other pieces of garden art. Finally, "Color My World," is a rainbow garden including colorful annuals and perennials.

Yet, the tour isn't just about plants, Mullinax said. It features sculptures, art, lawn ornaments and sun rooms -- a full spectrum of pieces for outdoor living, he said.

"It's amazing to me what people can create," Mullinax said. "And on these two blocks of Beck Street, it's amazing how different each garden is and at the same time it's a place you want to be. And it's only limited by the creativity of the owner."

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