By JASON GRAVES
Finding and Extending the K-State
There’s nothing more summery than an inviting garden filled with beautiful flowers.
Come enjoy summer when visiting the 2022 Kansas Central District Expansion Master Gardener‘s Garden Tour in Salina on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 2022 Garden Tour consists of five beautiful private gardens and the CKD Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden. Tickets for the tour are $15 and children 10 and under are free. Tickets are available Saturday at any of the tour gardens or can be purchased ahead of the tour online at Eventbrite, at Waters Hardware and Garden Center, 460 S. Ohio Street, and K-State Extension Office, 2218 Scanlan Ave.
Here are the five private gardens participating in this year’s event.
The Christensen Garden (2317 Belmont Boulevard): This whimsical Garden of Eden will amaze you with the mix of plants, art, and repurposed/upcycled garden decor that are all placed in the landscape with purpose. Look for a wonderful variety of beautiful plants, including celosia, coreopsis, lantana, yarrow and more. This garden has something for everyone.
The bishop’s garden (1724 Eaglecrest Road): We call this garden succulent paradise for good reason. You will find many unique succulents and many wonderful layers and textures in this amazing landscape. The beautiful arrangement of plants, containers, wood and art makes this a true backyard paradise that simply must be experienced.
The Handlin Garden (512 Country Club Road): We call this garden the Avid Gardener and the beauty speaks for itself. The challenges of a difficult planting site have been transformed into an incredible array of beautiful plants and flowers that maximize the beauty of this ever-changing garden. Come celebrate a garden that truly reflects the passion and hard work that has gone into it.
The Higgins Garden (1975 N. Halstead Road): This garden is called the Gardener’s Dream. This landscape was built from the ground up and from the beautiful water basin to the native plants and pollinator sanctuary, this garden has it all. You won’t want to miss seeing and experiencing this relaxing ecosystem where bees, butterflies and birds all play a part in the beauty that forms this landscape oasis.
The Hemer garden (22 Crestview Drive): We call this garden The Garden Retreat and with its many outdoor rooms and beautifully designed spaces, you are sure to be inspired and amazed. Outdoor rooms include a putting green, entertainment area, vegetable growing area, water features and more. Don’t miss this truly unique and inviting garden.
The demonstration garden (in Kenwood Park across from Kenwood Cove): The Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden is a public garden tended by master gardeners and contains a wide variety of plants in each of the themed garden areas that have similar planting requirements. water, light and maintenance related to each gardening way. Don’t miss the chance to stroll through this beautiful public garden to find ideas and inspiration for your own landscape.
Vendors will be present in each garden with unique items for sale. Vendors include: The Clay Studio @ Bison Brae, The Wild Pencil by Bonnie Neubrand, Prairie Song Lotions & Soaps, Lloyd Davidson’s Creations of Stained Glass, Pipe Creek Creations, Findings by Deon and 2nd Chance Designs.
Money raised from this tour is used for the expansion and maintenance of the Master Gardener Public Demonstration Garden in Salina and other community Master Gardener projects including kindergartens, horticulture awards at the Tri-Rivers fair, master gardener outreach events, and more.
For more information on the 2022 Garden Tour, visit www.ckdgardens.com/garden-tour, contact the extension office in Salina at 785-309-5850 or email [email protected].