2022 Greeley Garden Tour set for Saturday with five gardens showcasing unique and clever landscaping ideas

The 29th annual Greeley Garden Tour is set to take place from 8 am to 2 pm Saturday with five unique gardens.

The gardens will showcase a diverse selection of flowers, plants, trees and shrubs as well as pergolas, waterfalls, garden décor and art.

Gardens include examples of water-friendly, semi-xeric and xeric plants with two of the gardens having been participants in the city’s Life After Lawn Program that replaces turf with sustainable landscaping.

A pansy flag marks the spot of one of the gardens on the 2021 Greeley Garden Tour. (Tamara Markard/Staff Reporter)

This year’s garden tour will take attendees to the yards of the following addresses:

  • Bruce and Lyn Carlisle, 2583 54th Ave.
  • Dean and Marsha Weber, 2505 55th Ave.
  • Josh and Laurie Watts, 2603 58th Ave.
  • Deb and Matt Martinez, 2016 27th St.
  • Karen Habig, 1221 18th St.

The Carlisles were featured in the 2018 garden tour, where a hailstorm just days prior to the tour destroyed a lot of the couple’s hard work. Fortunately they had photos of each garden bed to show attendees what their garden looked like before Mother Nature’s wrath. This year, the couple is keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for nice weather so that attendees on the tour can see their work in person.

If you are interested in growing fruits and vegetables, protecting them from weather and the world of composting, then you will for sure want to check out Dean and Marsha Weber’s place Not only has the couple created tranquil and beautiful landscaping, they have cleverly used pergolas and hail cloth to protect their vegetable garden and have built a compost setup.

Visitors on the 2019 Greeley Garden Tour check out some lush foliage at one of the garden stops.  Gardens on the tour feature a variety of plants, flowers and yard art.  (Greeley Tribune file photo)
Visitors on the 2019 Greeley Garden Tour check out some lush foliage at one of the garden stops. Gardens on the tour feature a variety of plants, flowers and yard art. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

For people who may be on the fence about transitioning their landscaping from turf to a more water-friendly environment, the John and Laurie Watts garden is a great place to see how to do this. The Watts took advantage of the city’s Life After Lawn program to create a welcoming space to sit and enjoy potted flowers, bird baths and fountains.

“John and Laurie Watts use a lot of repurposed items that they purchase on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace,” said Pam Dorsett, president of the Greeley Morning Garden Club. “Those two are creative and clever.”

Deb and Matt Martinez’s garden is proof that landscaping and gardening is an ever-evolving process. The couple’s use of trees, shrubs and perennials shows beginner gardeners how to keep color in their yards throughout the summer and add privacy. The couple’s biggest challenge in gardening has been dealing with Japanese beetles.

Karen Habig’s garden will introduce visitors not only to beautiful landscaping, but allow them to see a house that is on the Greeley Historic Preservation Register. Habig’s garden teaches attendees that you can still have a fabulous garden even in smaller spaces. Habig’s garden is comprised of hydrangeas, morning glories, creeping buttercup, lilac and more. And like the Martinez couple, Habig has also battled with Japanese beetles.

“We have some really fabulous stuff this year. It’s knock-your-socks-off great,” Dorsett said. “Even if you take just one or two things away from these gardens, it’s a success.”

Attendees on the tour will have the opportunity to meet the host gardener, garden club members, master gardeners and tour volunteers to learn more about the specifics of each garden. Many of the gardens will also include live music and artists doing live paintings of the scenery.

The 2021 Greeley Garden Tour celebrated another successful event on Saturday, despite a bit of rain in the morning.  (Tamara Markard/Staff Reporter)
The 2021 Greeley Garden Tour celebrated another successful event despite a bit of rain in the morning. (Tamara Markard/Staff Reporter)

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Greeley Morning Garden Club’s community beautification projects throughout the city. Some of the projects the club has overseen are maintaining the flowers in the Honor Star at Soldiers Field at Linn Grove Cemetery, maintaining the Veterans Memorial at Bittersweet Park and upkeep on the perennial garden beds at Centennial Library.

The garden club is celebrating its 66th year serving the community and welcomes members of all ages and gardening skills.

Tickets for the tour are $15 per person and can be purchased online or at the following retailers:

  • Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts Boutique, 809 10th St.
  • Happy Life Gardens, 2000 37th St.
  • Lolly’s Hallmark, 2030 35th Ave., Suite D
  • Lincoln Park Emporium, 822 8th St.
  • Yarning by Carol at the Greeley Farmers’ Market, 902 7th Ave.

Admission to the tour can also be purchased with cash only at each of the gardens on the day of the event.

For more information, go to www.greeleygardenclub.com.

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