The yards selected for this year's Ogden Area Garden Tour are rich in color and history. Nine gardens will be open on Ogden's East Bench, many surrounding historical homes with beautiful architecture. Several of the gardens retain the style of their original owners; others feature new landscaping with whimsical and fresh ideas.
All proceeds benefit the Ogden Nature Center.
1. Grounds for Coffee, Sunflower Community Garden, 30th Street and Harrison Boulevard.
The owners built 37 4-by-12-foot plots behind the shop, for folks wanting a place to grow gardens. Some plots are donated to charitable organizations. The community garden features giant sunflower sculptures, and parking strips covered with perennial herbs.
Complimentary drinks offered the morning of the tour.
2. The Stanley Garden, 2733 Fillmore Ave.
Originally owned by Clark and Dorothy Rich, the yard slopes into an area called "The Hollow" that was shared with the Willard Eccles and Val Browning families. Rich installed a tram into the hollow, and some tracks remain. Changes came when the home was owned by an Oscar-winning set designer. The current owners added a treehouse, vegetable garden and Italian mermaid fountain near a pool.
Casey Stone's hand-thrown ceramics for sale, music by Kevin Kula, and food samples from Union Station Fermentation.
3. The Calton Garden, 2745 Fillmore Ave.
Once owned by Ruth and Willard Eccles, this garden features original landscaping that includes large beech trees, stone retaining walls and steps, patios and a fountain. The hollow behind the house features a stream, and a pool and pool house shared by the Eccles, Rich and Browning families. A cable car that once provided rides to the pool can still be seen.
The lower garden can be reached only by stone steps or a fairly steep lawn path.
Ogden Nature Center information booth, acoustic guitar by Deb Jackson, and treats by Bistro 258.
4. The Pulley Garden, 2815 Buchanan Ave.
This Asian-inspired front yard has Japanese maple, Asiatic lilies, Siberian iris and Sweet Woodruff ground cover. There is also a natural stone patio with a mountain view.
Chalk art by the Pulley children, book signing by Bill Fenimore of The Wild Bird Store, and raffle for a basket from Willard Bay Gardens.
5. The Galbraith Garden, 1523 27th St.
A cottage-style garden, with low stone walls reminiscent of England. There's even an English phone booth in the yard. Unique planters include an antique hospital crib, laundry baskets, utility sink and a wheelbarrow.
Ogden Valley Land Trust information booth.
6. The Gochnour Garden, 2703 Hill Drive
Growing for more than 80 years, this garden features ferns, hosta, hydrangea, Solomon's Seal, rhododendron, dogwood trees, and a giant Sequoia. There's also a meditation garden, and a rose garden where a former owner put his wife's ashes. The current owners added the espaliered fruit trees.
Fine art by Karla DuVall, Beehive Cheese samples, and music by Che Zuro.
7. The Hall Garden, 1528 28th St.
Once owned by Val and Ann Browning, this is one of three lots that connected to Ruando Spa. The current owners maintained the Browning's formal layout, including the rose garden. The backyard has been renovated to create a series of "rooms" on a steep hillside. Stone work includes a fireplace and pizza oven. There are also steel sculptures and water features. Some areas can be accessed only by stairs.
Our Children's Earth products, Trudy's Poppin' Johnny Ice Cream, and music by Omgaia.
8. Weil Garden, 2810 Wheelock Ave.
Completely redone, this small, steep lot has a swimming pool, flower gardens, outdoor fireplace, patio with shade structure, herb garden and vineyard.
Artist Paulette Johnson and musician Frater Auerelius.
9. The Wadsworth Garden, 2880 Wheelock Ave.
A contemporary water feature mixes with a formal rose garden and mature trees in this renovated garden. There are also stone paths, a patio, arbor and swing, decorated with ceramic firepots and obelisks. The children's garden has outdoor chalkboards, a space-saving play set and kid-friendly plants such as Chocolate Flower and root-beer-scented hyssop.
Slide Ridge Honey products and music by Cheyenne Herland.