A Bouquet of Gardens for Mom

Celebrate Spring and Mother's Day on Saturday, May 13, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., by attending the Sedona Area Garden Club's second garden tour.

In honor of all mothers, the tour is called "A Bouquet of Gardens for Mom."

Six uniquely beautiful, private "high desert" gardens will be open for viewing on the tour, featuring three gardens in West Sedona and three in the Village of Oak Creek. The tour may be started at any garden, or go back to revisit one you particularly liked. Gather ideas for your own landscape. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand to guide you, with a master gardener at each site to answer questions.

There will also be "happenings" at each garden. You may listen to local pianist David Leman playing throughout the day on a 100-year-old piano at David and Dottie Webster's eclectic garden combining favorite flowers of the Midwest and Southwest.

See a painter's garden, which was created by the founder of El Prado Galleries. Local artist Don Pierson will be in his garden painting Coffee Pot Rock. This one-acre, hillside garden is planted with hundreds of large trees and shrubs, complemented with flowering pots artfully arranged on patios and terraced decks.

The goal of Robert and Patsy Bratter at their "Arrow B" garden was to create a tranquil place to display art with a bit of whimsy here and there throughout their two- acre property. Stained glass artist, Linda Garrison, will be present at the Bratter home.

"Mr. Cactus Man," Art Toensmeier, along with his wife, Kathy, will be on hand in their garden to describe 90 different species of flowering cacti (over 700 total). The home also boasts a lavender garden, a hummingbird garden, and a butterfly garden with a water feature that flows into a goldfish pond.

The garden of Albert and Jean Feltz could be said to be based on a goal of utilizing and savoring the numerous Sedona red rocks encountered while landscaping. A unique red rock theme was created with native plants and a bridge, sculptures and works of art all designed by Albert. An Audubon representative, Wilma Morrison, will be present, and native plant arrangements will be on display throughout the garden.

A Master Gardener's garden best describes Richard and Cheryl Christenson's landscape. A feast for the senses, combining colors, textures, fragrances and sounds to attract birds and butterflies while still using waterwise plants. See the fishpond/water feature and a greenhouse designed by Richard. Also, learn about wildflowers from expert, Elin Doehne, and lavender from Dennis Kanely, owner of Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms. Also meet metal sculptor, Des Havisi, and view his works.

Tickets are $10 and available at Biddle's Outdoor Center; Designs II (Bashas' Center); Nursery Source; Greenworks; Hummingbird House in West Sedona; Rycus Corners and Village Ace Hardware in Village of Oak Creek. Visitors can see donations to the Sedona Area Garden Club at work, with a stop at Big Park School in Village of Oak Creek, as students show their butterfly garden and sell lunch items to benefit the school.

All proceeds to back into the community for educational, beautification and preservation efforts. This year's proceeds are targeted for the Sedona Public Library indoor atria and front garden, and for a sculpture and plantings for the Jordan Park Pioneer Pathway Project. For more details, call (928) 284-5574.

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