Participants of the 10th-anniversary Bexley House & Garden Tour can visit a backyard version of the Emerald City from "The Wizard of Oz," complete with a miniature Yellow Brick Road and a life-size sculpture of the Wicked Witch of the West.
This attraction at the home of Lenny and Terry Janis, 2772 Plymouth Ave., is among the standout features of the tour, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4.
Presented by the Bexley Women's Club, the House & Garden Tour features residences and gardens in central and north Bexley. Proceeds go to college scholarships for high school seniors who reside in Bexley.
The Emerald City replica at the Janis house is a two-story playhouse created by Lenny Janis, a retired podiatrist.
"He was always creative," Terry Janis said. "He created surgical procedures to help his patients. He was good with his hands and discovered he was good at working with wood. Our whole backyard is filled with his creations."
Those creations include a colorful "elf house" and a one-of-a-kind birdhouse. Terry Janis also has an eye for art, having operated the gallery Adornments in Grandview Heights for 12 years. She is now the proprietor of the Terry Janis Collection, an online retail gallery.
"I still love doing what I do, which is hand-picking art. It gave me a lot of ideas for the house," Janis said. "This place is filled with art that is inspired by whimsy."
The Janises' house dates back to the 1950s, and the couple have done major renovations over the years.
"We kind of changed it from a box-type of stone and stucco," she said. "We've done three additions. Nobody would know from the street that this house goes where it goes."
To purchase advance tickets, visit www.bexleywomen.org. Advance tickets are $20 and also will be available at Graeter's Ice Cream, Bexley Natural Market, Bexley Coffee Shop and Johnson's Real Ice Cream beginning May 19.
Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Columbus School for Girls Wellness and Athletics entrance, 65 S. Drexel Ave.
According to the club's website, the scholarship program, a primary focus of the club, began in 1937, when $50 scholarships were awarded to two female students attending Capital University and Ohio State University. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $460,000 to approximately 840 students.