The Logan County Master Gardeners are hosting their first annual “Gardens of Guthrie” garden tour on Saturday June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Master Gardeners encourage fellowship with other gardeners and horticulturalists, and an interest in community service.
Paula Burnett, a Master Gardener and organizer of this event, said that the focus is on community involvement and the continual beautification of Guthrie.
“When people have trouble with their yards, they can call in. We just help the community and we like to help people learn,” Burnett said.
Gardens of Guthrie serves as part of the volunteer internship aspect of the program and at least two Master Gardeners will be at every location to assist visitors with any questions or concerns.
Five gardens will be showcased on the tour at the following locations:
809 West Lake Rd
Steve and Sue Gentling built their house 21 years ago on a dirt lot and the gardens have been a work in progress over the years. Steve is a Master Gardener and Sue is self-taught so while their ideas are vastly different, they managed to create cohesive and beautiful garden areas. They prefer to have an open yard, with no fences or gates, so the entire area down to the lake remains open with two sidewalks leading to it. There is a dry creek bed located to the left of their backyard with a small waterfall and pond. They have five shade gardens in the front yard. The Gentling’s’ favorite saying is, “Until a plant has been moved three times, it hasn’t found a home.”
807 W Lake Rd
Before Delmar and Brenda Wilkins decided they wanted to live on a lakefront property, they had to wield a machete just to clear the underbrush, so they could see the lot. In 2008, after lots of trees were bulldozed, they were able to start building their current home. One tree in particular was saved from the bulldozer, which they fondly call the “old man tree,” and it is still in the garden today. The grounds are filled with spectacular treasures in every nook. Look high and low in this garden, you don’t want to miss a thing.
512 E Mansur Ave
If you follow the path beyond the garden’s gate, you’ll get to see this dream come true. Karen VanHooser drove to Guthrie from Santa Fe, New Mexico after seeing her current home listed online. Shortly after moving in, VanHooser realized she spent more time digging holes in her backyard than unpacking her belongings. Her neighbors not only brought plants over but even planted them too. Even though the garden’s construction began without a plan, the overwhelming enthusiasm of her neighbors turned it into a dream space with a menagerie of plants. VanHooser’s son helped create a Koi pond with a waterfall. The path that circles the yard leads to many peaceful areas to rest and reflect on life’s journey.
906 Furrow Drive
Mike and Liz Sterkel moved into Liz’s mother’s house after her death in 1994. The property, backing up to Bird Creek, had a very large two-tier deck. Sterkel envisioned something different for their family so she hired Joe Coffin with Total Environment to help the vision come to life. The old deck was no more and replaced with a flagstone patio and fireplace that was built along with a gazebo and stream. The gazebo is now covered with beautiful wisteria that blooms in early Spring. Equipped with an outdoor kitchen and barstools made from old tractor seats, this family style backyard is sprinkled with waterfalls and new trees that were planted as the old blackjack oaks died.
323 W Cleveland
“The Moon,” as it’s affectionately called, was originally known as the Guthrie Amphitheater. Starting in 2008, owners Gary and Cristina Good began adding artistic touches and enhancements to the gardens that have transformed it into a popular venue for events. Secluded on over an acre, this untapped secret garden is located in the heart of historic Downtown Guthrie. With a terraced patio that faces the Koi pond and the back of the home and it easily captures the hearts of all who enjoy the gardens.
Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased the day of the event at any of the above locations or in advance by contacting the OSU Extension Office at 405-282-3331.
The Logan County Master Gardeners will have a booth at the Guthrie Farmers Market every Saturday beginning June 8.