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Haddon garden features many unique items

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

John Haddon stands next to a rock he purchased from Yankee Rose. It fits perfectly into the scheme of his garden, which will be on this year's Garden Tour.

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The 3rd Annual Garden Tour, featuring five of Clay County's greatest gardens, is scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who wish to view any of the local gardens can purchase tickets for $5 at The Brazil Times, Sugar 'N' Spice and Sugar Ridge Nursery.

A tea party will take place at the Pinckley Street entrance to Forest Park, where tickets can be picked up on the day of the tour.

A marketplace with several different vendors will be set up around that area. Tickets will also be available Saturday at each of the featured gardens.

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.

Parking for spectators wishing to view the Haddon garden will be at the House of Hope, just west of their U.S. 40 home.

When the Haddons first moved to this house in 1991, the yard was all grass. Now, the yard includes a small in-ground pool in the center of a neatly landscaped spread. He has also added a woodshop and raises pit bulls in the back.

A path of Mansfield stone leads visitors through the garden area. There are quite a few uncommon forms of embellishment throughout the Haddon garden, including a petrified turtle, a big piece of coral and a big rock purchased from Yankee Rose.

Rather than the usual kinds of flowers and plantlife, the Haddons have tried to stick to more unique items. They have a sweet pea tree, a corkscrew tree, a Japanese palm leaf maple and fuschia planted in the window box on the front of the house. A weeping mulberry that Haddon bought from Lowe's for $1 because they said it was dead, now flourishes on the east side of the house.

Tomorrow: Dan and Kenda Dierdorf's garden

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