The first time John and Sandy Tidd drove by their future home on the banks of Sugar Creek they were intrigued. The yard and woods at 140 S. Weemiak Trail held so many possibilities. Working outside with plant and flowers is therapeutic and restorative for the Tidds.
Their home in the Meahme Falls Addition is one of the stops on this year’s Flower Lovers Garden & Arts Tour. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 (rain or shine) and features nine gardens and a bonus stop at Athens Arts Gallery. Enjoy local artists, music, a plant sale and refreshments.
“Our first project was making a Hosta bed bordering our driveway by the house,” Sandy said. “This bed contained a variety of Hostas shared with us by family and friends. A few years later we split and transplanted starts to make another Hosta bed on the west side of our house. The beautiful foliage of the Hostas varieties range in color from deep green to chartreuse, yellow, blue and green and cream combinations.”
The next project was having a screened porch built in the back of our house.
“John installed a pond in the corner beside the porch with a waterfall and landscaped around it,” Sandy said. “Sitting on the screened porch listening to the trickling water and birds singing, is our favorite place to be in the summer. Blooming water lilies, in the pond, in July are a feast for the eyes.”
When the Tidds excavated for the porch and pond, they used the dirt to make a flower bed for sun loving plants. Pink and yellow Stella D’oro Daylilies line the perimeter of the bed and we fill in the colorful annuals.
“We’ve also planted a combination of ferns, ground cover and shades perennials in our shady area in the woods,” she said. “Annual borders of impatients, as well as tree stumps used as containers for impatients, brighten and add interest to the woods.”
Lee Eggleston, landscape architect, did the design on the sides of the house. He included Japanese maples, red maples, yellow cypress shrubs, heucheras in a variety of colors, spirea and ferns.
“Our flower gardens bring us joy and so much appreciation for God’s landscape in ‘our little corner of the world,’” Sandy said.
To purchase tour tickets, visit Progreen Garden Center, Davidson Greenhouse, Country Hearts & Flowers, Milligan’s Flowers, Montgomery County Visitors Bureau, Just Because, Athens Art Gallery and Crawfordsville District Public Library. Tickets are $12 per person (cash or check only) and children age 12 and younger admitted free. Proceeds go towards community beautification.