Erich Sauer’s garden

imageThis is Erich Sauer’s second year on the Montavilla Gardens Tour. You can really see the difference in his garden from year to year. His garden will be showcased on the second day of the tour, Sunday, July 17, along with other mostly ornamental gardens.

“My garden is one of my creative outlets and my strongest connection to ‘Earth Magic’ in the city,” says Erich. “This is my third year gardening at my house. The first year was spent battling grass, weeds and lame foundation plantings. Last year was focused on new foundation plantings (most fruit-producing), an experimental, up-zoned vegetable garden and lots of insect habitat. This year has been focused on finishing up cohesive areas and filling in beds with a whole lotta fun, clearance (rescue) plants for pollinators. I look forward to seeing folks on the tour and having some great conversations!”

See Erich’s garden between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

Register for the tour (free).

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Anne and Dan Kenlon’s garden

imagePlanning for the third annual Montavilla Gardens Tour is underway. This year’s tour is looking exciting with ten gardens over two days — July 16 and 17.

Here’s the first sneak peak of several gardens for this year’s tour:

Anne and Dan Kenlon will be a host for Sunday; the day where most of the gardens are ornamental, native plants or habitat with a sprinkling of edible gardens.

Anne says, “Our garden is exactly one year old. We removed everything except a few perimeter plantings last June and started fresh with a new patio and pathway, open area with thyme ground cover, and lots of ornamental beds. Since then we’ve made a lot of mistakes — usually by underestimating how big things would get — but we are loving our lush, colorful new space filled with native plants, bees and birds.”

Come out to Anne and Dan’s garden to see more.

Register for the tour (free).