By KAROLYN GEPHART
Beautiful orchids, donkeys, a fruit orchard, outdoor kitchens and much more were all part of this year’s 51st “Through the Garden Gate” Spring Garden Tour and Judged Flower Show hosted by the Heritage Gardeners April 29-30.
Homes on the tour included Gloria and Raymond Zarsky in Windsor Estates highlighting a variety of antiques in the backyard; Jan and Victor DeAlmeida’s home in Windsor Estates with a beautifully landscaped patio; Nanette and Bill Ring in West Viejo Ranch with a secret garden and outdoor kitchen; Lauren and AJ Culembourg in Northfield subdivision with more than 100 orchids; and Lisa and Charles Lundquist on Myrtlewood with an orchard and a variety of animals including two donkeys, a pot bellied pig and turtles.
The owners who opened their yards for the tour will be honored at the upcoming Heritage Gardener May luncheon.
The judged flower and horticulture show had many winners and outstanding work by Heritage Gardeners and the community.
The design with the highest score was created by member Dianne Barron who received the Designer’s Choice Award. Her design received a blue ribbon in the class 3 Creative Design category.
Heritage Gardener Margie Jefford received the blue ribbon (highest score) in Still Life Design. She also received a yellow rosette for The Marie Workman Award.
Member Tracy McGinley received Growers Choice Award, Collectors Showcase Award, and Sweepstakes Award having to do with earning the most points in certain categories for her horticulture specimens.
Also the tours offered a plant sale, prize drawings, and vendors who offered unique garden art and accessories.
This year’s 51st annual tour is in loving memory of beloved Heritage Gardener Bunnye Baldwin.
For more information on the tour or the group, go to www.heritagegardener.org or follow the Heritage Gardeners on Facebook.