Loretta Pierce points out one of her favorite flowers in her garden. She is very excited about the Garden Tour this Saturday.
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By LYNN HAMILTON
The third annual Garden Tour is scheduled Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Those who wish to explore five of the best local gardens can purchase tickets for $5 at The Brazil Times, Sugar 'N' Spice and Sugar Ridge Nursery.
Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour at each of the featured gardens or at Forest Park's Pinckley St. entrance, where a tea party and marketplace will be set up.
The five gardens on this year's tour are the Prayer Garden at McKinley Hill Church of Christ and those tended to by Dan and Kenda Dierdorf, Robert L. Knieriem, Al and Loretta Pierce and John and Terri Haddon. Maps will be provided with the tickets.
The 2003 Garden Tour will be an encore performance for the Pierces, who live on Epworth St. Their whimsical garden was also on the First Annual Garden Tour in 2001.
The Pierce garden contains just a little bit of everything. Loretta says when she first started gardening, she could not afford anything, so some of her plants come directly from nature. If she saw something she liked in the woods, she would dig it up and take it home.
Throughout the front and back yards, there are a range of flowers, including an Autumn Fanatic rose creeping up the trellis on the side of the house. She has several single roses, along with honeysuckle, petunias, geraniums and late azaleas.
Wisteria, which Loretta says "every gardener" wants to bloom, peonies and a Persian Comb flower are also present as well as a variety of ferns. Clematis, a single yellow rose called Golden Wing, Goat's Beard and more create a garden that is full of color and life.
The Pierces also have an unusual addition to their display. There will be a vendor on their deck, selling red hats for the Red Hat Society and teaching proper teatime etiquette.
Tomorrow: The garden of John and Terri Haddon