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Melissa Curry’s Garden

B5E3000B-06CE-41B9-B5CB-B8185261300C - Melissa CurryMelissa Curry is excited to be part of the Fall Montavilla Gardens Tour this August. Mellisa describes here garden as consisting of, “five raised 10 by 4-foot beds packed to maximum capacity. I believe in experimenting with new varieties of flowers and vegetables every year — using organic, open-pollinated seed that I save at the end of the growing season. I start all flowers and vegetables from seed indoors or direct sow seeds when appropriate. This year, I experimented by dedicating one whole bed to cut flowers and am very pleased with the result so far. I grow over 20 different cut flower varieties and 12 dahlia varieties. I use only organic growing and pest management methods. I integrate pest-repelling and pollinator-attracting flowers throughout my garden. In addition to all of the flowers, I also grow three varieties of tomatoes (enough for fresh eating, freezing and canning for a family of four for one year), green beans, peppers, peas, cucumbers, kales, lettuces, zucchini, basil, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I have a small medicinal herb garden on the side as well as a volunteer pumpkin plant that will soon take over our walkway. This is also my second year hosting mason bees.”

Melissa says, “I am excited to show garden tour visitors how much you can grow in a small space and how to do so in a way that harmonizes with nature. I will have a compost tea brewing during the tour and am happy to show participants step-by-step instructions for integrating this practice into their garden. Much of what I have learned has been through trial and error and thanks to the generosity of other gardeners. I am constantly learning and I love to share what I learn with new and experienced gardeners.”

We are still looking for a few hosts for either day —  August 25 or 26. Registration for hosts will close July 25.

Registration for participants will open shortly after. Maps and schedules will only be available by email after confirmation of registration. Registration is free. Sign up to get notifications.


Meredith Rizzari’s Garden

_DLR5032 - Meredith RizzariMeredith Rizzari describes her garden as having “eight raised beds filled with herbs and vegetables — also several beds with ornamental shrubs and annuals.” She also has a very cute helper as shown here.

Meredith is volunteering to host on one of the two days set aside this fall for the Montavilla Gardens Tour. She is one of nearly a dozen gardens that will be showcased over two days.

Here are just a few more pictures of her gardens. To see more and to visit with Meredith, who is relatively new to the group, come to the tours on August 25 and 26.

Amy Schutzer’s Garden

Amy5Come see Amy Schutzer’s garden as part of the Fall Montavilla Gardens Tour (food producers edition), held on the last weekend in August. Registration and details will be released in coming weeks once all the garden hosts have registered.

Amy, who’s garden is off Division in the next door Mill Park neighborhood, explains, “I’m an avid organic garden and garden year round. I have most of the usual suspects of the vegetable realm and blueberries, strawberries, two Asian pear trees and lots of herbs.

Bicyclists and walkers are encouraged as tour participants explore Montavilla and neighboring areas.

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Kathy Kornei’s Garden

img_4599Kathy Kornei’s garden will be featured as part of the Fall Montavilla Gardens Tour — coming up Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26. The tours will feature gardens with vegetables, fruit or both (plus other great features).

In Kathy’s words, “We’ve made a small urban orchard on our property — apples, fig, pear, plum and kiwi — and have filled the rest of the remaining space with berries, grapes and veggies. We’re growing a few particular varieties of apples known to be good for hard cider. Several of the grape vines were transplanted from another home up near Mt. Tabor. It’s been a fun challenge converting our petite property (5,000 square feet) into a bountiful garden. Our trees and vines are young, but they’re already bearing fruit.”

Similar to spring tour, this will be a progressive with one open after the other and approximately 45 min between gardens (yes slightly less time than the spring tour).

Registration will open and maps sent out once we have a full complement of hosts. Sign up for email notifications to hear more.

To sign up to be host, fill out this form.

Susan and Brent’s Garden

1917959_125919489088_7575333_nSusan Wilmoth and Brent Casaday’s garden is a work in progress since they moved in six springs ago — a combination of fruit, veggies, perennials, annuals and the creative challenge of a big old concrete slab. Susan explains, “We call it Life-Long Project Garden and it will never be finished because digging in the dirt is my healing elixir. When we moved in, we seeded the blank-slate borders with flowers that reseed themselves generously. That way, the yard is full of beauty while we slowly replace the filler-flowers with more intentional plantings over the years.” The loss of a big tree last fall brought a wave of change to the back garden as they adapt to more sun (a good problem to have!) and nurture a new tree. Susan aims to have her garden be a gourmet bee-restaurant* and a restorative place for the humans too.

*Note to any visitors: the bee box is currently empty.

To enjoy Susan and Brent’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!

Amy Schutzer’s Garden

32089323_10213720641789172_271751467105255424_nAmy Schutzer is volunteering to open her garden this weekend as part of the Montavilla Gardens Tour. Amy explains, “I’ve been an avid organic gardener for over 30 years, and continue to learn new things every season. I moved into this house almost three years ago. Aside from the foundation planting (rhodies, azaleas), three established red maples, an oak, fir and gorgeous cedar tree, most everything else I’ve added. It’s a big lot, 8,400 feet, with many different areas. I’ve got an organic vegetable area, dwarf conifers, small woodland under the fir, a fun strip of sedums, a found cement sink turned garden, lots of fragrant plants, some medicinal, bee friendly perennials, and much more to do and plant. Two projects I’m working on are establishing a meadow-like garden on the south facing yard and a rain garden along the patio on the north side. It’s a deliberate work in progress, just what a gardener loves.”

To enjoy Amy’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!

Erich Sauer’s Garden

34092915_198995450912874_1348773722701430784_nErich Sauer will be on the Spring 2018 Montavilla Gardens Tour. Erich explains about his garden, “Ever since purchasing my home in 2013, I’ve been working to build up my soil, battle endless crabgrass and establish as many native and functional plants in my yard as possible. I use holistic, permaculture and some biodynamic practices to produce happy and healthy veggies, fruits, flowers, herbs and medicinals. My low-budget style of gardening relies on swapping with neighbors, propagating from seed or cuttings, Craigslist’s ‘free stuff’ section, and occasional clearance plant shopping. Last year, my friend Liz moved in and we’ve joined forces to create Wild Magic Gardens, which will be offering year-round plant sales, a CSA, and landscape design and maintenance.”

To enjoy Erich’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!