Final in a 5-part series
The 3rd Annual Garden Tour is scheduled for this Saturday from 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 apiece 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.
This 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.
Knieriem has lived at his home in Northridge for about eight years. In that time he has collected all kinds of old pumps and added a little log cabin and a small railroad station, complete with a "Railroad Crossing" sign in front. He also has a parking meter in the driveway.
There are many different items hanging on his fence, including curtains, gardening tools and signs. There are also hockey sticks, water skis, a tennis racket, golf clubs and even a bike.
One of the most charming displays in the garden is his "flower bed." It consists of flowers planted within a small bed frame, a bedside table holding an alarm clock and Bible and boots at the end of the bed.
Aside from the quirky decorations placed throughout Knieriem garden, he has planted a lot of annuals. He has planted about nine varieties of, a blue spruce, azaleas and redwoods.
It is evident that he has had quite a change in attitude since the time when he viewed plants as "just something else to mow around." Now he has planted so much that in some parts of the yard, he has already forgotten what he put there. He is looking forward to the "surprise" whenever they begin to grow.