Newton's garden tour will also be next weekend. It will feature four stops, with refreshments and talks at each, as well as artists demonstrating various techniques and a chalk festival.
The tour, which benefits the Newton Public Library, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 and 1 to 5 p.m. June 13. Tickets are $5 and are available in Newton at the public library, Harvest Greenhouse, Flowers By Ruzen and Newton Dillons stores. They will also be for sale at the gardens during the tour. Here are the garden owners, addresses and descriptions from the sponsors, the Second Century Endowment Foundation for Newton Public Library:
* Rozanne and Larry Brozek, 208 Sherman Drive, Newton. A peaceful yard featuring various seating areas, including "Rozanne's Sanctuary" at the back.
* Robin and Scott Metzler, 423 S.W. Sixth, Newton. Landscaping includes groupings of trees, shrubs and flower-filled containers; waterfall and pond with plants and fish; and a woodland walk through the trees. Closer to the house are a spacious outdoor living area as well as an herb garden among the many rocks that are featured throughout the yard.
* Don and Marcee Suderman, 914 S. Hillside Road, rural Newton. The garden incorporates pagodas and island beds of roses, an orchard, gourmet melons, tomatoes and several lettuce varieties. Don is the Wichita Rose Society member who has done area talks about Earth-Kind and Knock Out roses. You'll also see trench edging, bubbler irrigation system and a greenhouse.
* Carriage Factory Gallery/J.J. Krehbiel Park, 128 E. Sixth, Newton. The park features a large 1860s-era fountain imported from England, and the fencing around it encircled the Victorian home that was originally located there. Local and regional artists will be demonstrating various art techniques. The adjacent Carriage Factory Gallery is home of Newton's Fine Arts Association. The gallery has a shop and will also be hosting Methodist Youthville's 3rd Annual Chalk Art Festival and its Walk A Mile exhibit. It features artwork by the agency's Psychiatric Residential Treatment kids who have redesigned old shoes to express their journey in the child welfare system. The chalk art festival also continues through downtown Newton.
Harvey County master gardeners will be available during the tour to answer questions about the gardens.
* Jacque Spangler, Harvest Greenhouse, will talk about "Butterfly Mornings, Wildflower Afternoons" at the Carriage Factory Gallery/J.J. Krehbiel Park at 10 and 10:30 a.m. June 12 and at 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. June 13.
* Scott Eckert, Harvey County extension agent, will talk on the topic "Save That Water" at the Suderman garden at 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. June 12 and at 3 and 3:30 p.m. June 13.
* Sue Blickenstaff, Stone Creek Nursery, will talk about "Containers, Petunias & More" at the Metzler home at 9:45 and 10:15 a.m. June 12 and at 1:45 and 2:15 p.m. June 13.
* Paula Sims, Harvey County master gardener, will talk about "Summer Salads: Edible Flowers & Warm-Season Greens" at the Brozek garden at 11:30 a.m. and noon June 12 and at 1:30 and 2 p.m. June 13.