Inspiration abounds when eight private yards and one farm open for the Ogden Valley Garden Tour. The tour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 -- rain or shine -- is a fundraiser for the Ogden Nature Center.
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased in advance at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Tickets are also available in advance through the website, www.ogdennaturecenter.org, or during the tour at participating gardens.
For more information, call 801-621-7595.
1. Droubay Garden, 980 S. 8800 East, Huntsville
Cultivated by master gardener Rosie Droubay, this garden has a variety of plants many people don't consider hardy enough for the Ogden Valley, such as a tricolor beech. The yard features a bower leading to a firepit, and a winding lawn path leading to an orchard area. Garden visitors need to watch their footing, as older parts of this garden have uneven concrete.
Music in the garden will be provided by Girls with Guitars, Anne Thoombs and Teresa Ellis.
2. The White Garden, 6993 E. 200 South, Huntsville
On the shore of Pineview Reservoir, this yard also offers views of Snowbasin. The garden combines traditional plants, such as lilacs, roses, daylily, maples, edelweiss, iris, dogwoods and coneflower, in a contemporary setting. There's a sunken stone firepit, swimming pool and spa, raised vegetable garden and mini orchard, as well as a covered patio with built-in barbecue and fireplace.
Vintage Cupcakes offers free treats, while Loribella Green plays music in the garden. Joy Bossi signs copies of her new book, written with Karen Bastow, "The Incredible Edible Landscape."
3. The Holt Garden, 350 N. 6900 East, Huntsville
Back by popular demand, this garden was featured on the original tour in 2009. Return visitors can see how the garden has filled out, including the yew hedge maze and giant Sorry! board game. The pool/firepit patio has been reworked, and there's a new circular raised planter on the driveway, as well as a bermed, wooded area added to the front of the property.
The Ogden Nature Center information booth is in this garden, and Ogden's Bistro 258 provides free samples.
4. The Van Zandt Garden, 1340 N. 7000 East, Huntsville
The yard of Laurie Van Zandt, of The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design, is divided into outdoor rooms: a rose garden, English-style vegetable garden, meditation and secret gardens, koi pond and more. Van Zandt experiments with plants in her yard, to see what will grow in the valley.
Silver, nature-inspired jewelry by Ashley Stoddard will be for sale here, as well as raffle tickets for a gift certificate to Ward & Child -- The Garden Store in Salt Lake City. Music by Kevin Kula.
5. The Christie Garden, 6916 E. 1325 North, Huntsville
This family-friendly garden has dry stack stone walls, with a barbecue area, firepit and play area. The yard is densely planted with cold-tolerant trees, shrubs and perennials, for color, texture and scent in all seasons. There's also a raised herb garden.
Free samples from Beehive Cheese; artwork by Linda Sellars for sale.
6. The Foulger Garden, 4808 E. 3900 North, Eden
This smaller-sized lot has a wildflower meadow and multiple garden rooms. The meticulously maintained yard includes a firepit patio, seasonal creek, hot tub and dining patio.
Oil paintings by Barbara Foulger will be for sale, and free coffee offered by Eden Coffee and Cocoa Co. for the first few hours of the tour.
7. The Donahoe Garden, 3837 Elkridge Trail, Eden
Designed to blend with the natural environment, the garden is filled with native shrubs and flowers. Boulders found on-site are used for retaining walls and planting pockets. Boulders were also used to create a spiral herb and vegetable garden.
Art by Our Children's Earth will be for sale in the garden. Free food samples from Zucca Trattoria.
8. The Hale Garden, 4485 N. 3150 East, Liberty
Narrow paths lead through drought-tolerant grasses and perennials. The garden also features dry creek beds, tree-lined gravel paths, and stone patios. Access to the gardens is via a very steep driveway.
Free lavender-infused lemonade offered by Ogden Valley's Lavender Hill Farms; art for sale by Paulette Johnson.
9. Stoney Field Farm, 4336 N. 3800 East, Liberty
Stoney Field Farm, run by Linda Knudtson, makes use of organic farming methods. Knudtson grows raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, beets, spinach, tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, garlic, chard and flowers. Products are sold to restaurants in Utah and California, and through local markets, including Harmons. Self-pick is an option, by appointment.