By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Participants will see everything from flowers to vegetables and raised beds to formal gardens when they tour six Pulaski County gardens during the annual Town & Country Garden Tour to be held Saturday, June 29.
Besides enjoying the beauty and utility of the gardens, there will also be lessons to learn while strolling through gardens throughout the county. Landscapes will include annuals and perennials, vegetables and herbs, and flowers galore. There will be formal gardens, raised beds, orchards and conifers.
Friends of the Pulaski County Library and New River Valley Master Gardener Association are sponsoring the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. Advanced tickets are available at Pulaski Library and Charles and Ona B. Free Memorial Library in Dublin for $10. They can also be purchased the day of the tour.
Every sold ticket will be entered into a raffle drawing to be held July 1.
The tour begins with a country garden at Frazier House, 6350 Hazel Hollow Road in Dublin. The landscape features a variety of garden “rooms” with seating, 20-year-old boxwoods, a raised bed garden, vintage trees and shrubs dating back to the original 1882 home place and an abundance of flowers and gardens.
Then head out to 5280 Black Hollow Road in Dublin, for a tour of Hillcrest’s formal garden enclosed by shrubbery. You will see colorful flowers, a shaded memorial garden and take a seat in the gazebo for a different perspective of the garden.
The third stop is at 6050 Chickwood Estates, Pulaski. Located on top of a hill is a “Conifer Heaven” abounding with dwarf conifers set among a landscape of trees, flowers, herbs and vegetables surrounding the home.
If you want to learn how to add gardens to a newer home or just start a new garden, you’ll receive a wealth of knowledge on the fourth stop: 1098 Red Fox Lane, Pulaski. The gardens surrounding this home have been added one at a time as time and energy allowed.
The next stop on the tour is the Pulaski County Library at 60 West Third St. in downtown Pulaski. The library has several unique gardens such as a Children’s Zoo Garden filled with plants that bear the names of creatures. There is also a pass-along garden containing plants obtained from other local gardens and a shade garden at the rear of the branch.
Girl Scouts and the reading time group helped plant the library’s gardens, which are maintained by the Master Gardeners. Here, you’ll find out how to do a garden on a budget by using pass-along plants, what plants should be used in shade and how to help your children create their own zoo garden.
The final stop will be at 511 Fifth St. N.E., Pulaski, where lawn is no longer allowed around this bungalow seated high on a hill. Every inch of this yard is gardens, both stationary and mobile.
The front yard is a garden of raised flowerbeds, while the back yard raised beds provide plenty of vegetables for canning and freezing. Even the walls of a shed provide space for a vertical garden.
For more information on the tour, visit www.pclibs.org, call the library at 980-7770 or Master Gardener Mickey Balconi at 320-8654.