Part 4 of 5
Tickets are on sale for the Garden Tour for $5 each at The Brazil Times, Sugar 'N' Spice and Sugar Ridge Nursery.
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to view five of the area's finest gardens.
Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the featured gardens or at the Pinckley St. entrance to Forest Park, where tourists can attend a tea party at the shelter and browse the wares of various vendors set up in a temporary marketplace.
This year's tour includes 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.
Four years ago, the Dierdorfs were looking for something with a little more acreage than what they had at the time. They happened upon this woodsy home and Kenda says, "It was meant to be."
Since then, Dan works on their eight acres of lawn and garden from the time he gets home from work until it gets dark. The sidewalk leading up to the Dierdorf home in 4 Lakes Estates is now surrounded by a variety of perennials in bloom. He usually won't even let anyone help him with mowing the grass.
He is particularly fond of the hosta plant and has planted many different kinds in the front yard. Kenda joked that they can rarely pass by the Hosta Farm in Rocky Fork without him stopping in to check out the new stock.
As an added point of interest, the Dierdorfs also have a large vegetable garden. This is a rare feature as relatively few people grow vegetables anymore. Dan has planted potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, squash and cantaloupe in his yard.
Tomorrow: The garden of Robert L. Knieriem