A few weeks of garden tours in the area begin today, with tours in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita and in McPherson.
They continue next Saturday with Derby’s annual tour. It will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18, and tickets are $5 a person to see all seven gardens on the tour. Tickets are for sale at City Hall, 611 Mulberry Road, and will be for sale at each of the gardens during the tour. Here are the addresses and descriptions of the gardens by tour organizer Dave Peebler:
1133 E. Waters Edge Court: Fairly new street in the Oaks Golf Course area. It sits on the edge of a wooded area. Landscaping was done by TenderCare and won a National award for the company. Homeowners: Rick and Barb Hemphill.
1012 E. Kristin Court: Backs up against a creek with a ton of large trees. Landscaped nicely by the homeowners. Small koi pond in the backyard by the patio. Beautiful setting. Homeowners: Phil and Vera Hunt.
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1020 Bel Arbor Circle: New yard and gardens, water fountain, great seating areas, recently done by a local landscaper. Homeowners: Warren and Evonne Kuhrt.
105 N. Brookforest: Another home backed up to a creek, with huge oak trees on the property. Scenic Landscapes drew up a landscaping that the homeowners, Jeff and Valya Peebler, implemented themselves. Heavily planted, with playgrounds and equipment for the kids.
930 Beau Jardin: Fairly new home, backed up to High Park. Swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, beautifully landscaped by TenderCare. Homeowner: Cheri Porter.
1684 E. Tiara Pines: Another home in a beautiful setting — up against a creek, wooded area, small stream and fish pond, nicely landscaped. Homeowners: Wayne and Debbie Stout.
712 Wahoo Circle: Huge yard and gardens, koi pond, swimming pool, nicely landscaped, backs up to the Oaks golf club area.
Doug and Janet Webb bought the property five years ago from the folks who owned Happy Plant Nursery in Derby.
The fifth annual tour is sponsored by the city of Derby and the Parks & Urban Forestry Board.