Friday PhotoEssay – Garden Tour Edition

I haven’t been doing a very good job this year of keeping you up to date on all our upcoming events. This weekend is our annual Garden Tour, and I was able to check out several of the gardens this morning and earlier in the week. I was hoping to have one picture of each garden, but I realized that I don’t quite have them all.

Anyway, the tour is going on today, tomorrow (Saturday), and Sunday. For more details, go here. I did want to give you a little bit of a sneak peak to encourage you to go. If you are really into food gardening, a lot of times the Garden Tour may not have lots to offer you. This year, there are 3 gardens that have significant fruit and vegetable gardens! The others are gorgeous, but not quite as edible.

To get started, here’s a look at the Demo Garden this afternoon. Nothing too major this week, since things are growing pretty slowly with the cool weather. We aren’t on the Garden Tour this year, but you can always come take a peek!

This is one of the West Wichita gardens that has lots of great shade plantings and neat little garden areas.

This Haysville garden has some awesome blackberries, a large vegetable garden area, and then more vegetables and herbs in other parts of the yard.

This area has peppers and garlic growing, as well as some cannas and other ornamentals.

This Derby garden has a variety of different beds with perennials and some cool stonework.

This sprawling, Haysville country garden has something for almost everyone. There are some pretty neat raised beds that you’ll have to go see for yourself.

This Derby garden has fruits, vegetables, herbs, and a whole lot more! And almost nothing is in a square or rectangular garden!

I have to say that this little border area was one of my favorites. There are annuals along the front edge, but do you recognize the plants in the second row? I’ll give you a minute.

Yes, they are potatoes. I honestly don’t think about potatoes as a potential border plant! But once they start dying back, how hard is it to just dig them all at once and let everything else grow up around them?

I hope this little taste inspired you to check out the Garden Tour.

Have a great weekend!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 16, 2014, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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