The Richmond Register

June 16, 2014

Lush gardens, creative art on display Saturday

RAAC’s annual Art in the Garden tour


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — The creativity of local artists will be on display Saturday in some of Richmond’s most lush and elaborate residential gardens.

The annual Art in the Garden Tour sponsored the Richmond Area Arts Council, the Richmond Garden Club and the Riley Oil Company will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the tour and are available at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.

Patrons will receive arm bands as well as addresses and directions to the homes when tickets are purchased. Day-of-the tour tickets may be purchased at any of the homes.

A lunch from Catering By Ann on the Paddock Porch at Arlington, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., has been added as an option to the tour this year. Tickets for the luncheon are $8 and must be purchased no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday at the arts center on Water Street.

The artists who created the works on display in the gardens will be on hand to discuss them. The artwork will be on sale, and the artists also will take commissions.

“With a wide variety of art, there is certain to be something to suit everyone’s taste,” said Deborah Kidd, arts council executive director. “Each year the gardens seem to be more beautiful. This year’s tour has something for everyone and provides a multitude of ideas and information for large or small gardens.”

Walk through the lush garden of Ellen White, 1069 Bay Colony Dr. in the Highland Park subdivision, and feel the breeze off Lake Reba as you marvel at the variety of plants throughout the garden. A grape arbor and pergola made of local cedar are accessible via a paved walkway. The free-flowing lines of the flower beds and shade garden lead to the cedar pergola in an orchard of peach, apple, pear, nectarine and Asian pear trees next to the lake and abundant green space.

White’s Anna Bella hydrangeas, from her mother’s garden in Chicago, are prevalent throughout the garden. Ellen maintains the garden herself and enjoys incorporating plants she receives from family and friends. An impressive display of Baptisia, including Autumn Joy, Lemon Meringue and False Indigo, along with Golden Barberry, provide a wonderful color variation.

At this location, patrons will also enjoy a pervious concrete demonstration provided by Robbie Robertson of Concrete Materials and the intricate weaving of Leslie Dickinson of BeltArt by Leslie. She will display woven chairs, stools, buckets and framed art using a variety of belts.

The home of David and Kate Williams, 221 Ridgeway Drive, features a variety of perennials alongside wooden stairs leading to a pool in a serene setting. The meandering gravel pathway lined with stones and a shade garden leads to a hidden tree house. A brick walkway lined with ivy and Japanese Maple provides a peaceful aura.

Stacey Street, a fused glass artist, will have her work at the Williams home. Stacey uses Bullseye glass because of it variety of colors and stability. She began creating fused glass musical instruments after making a guitar for her husband. She now produces a line of instruments in glass, as well as functional forms.

A one-of-a-kind gate created by Jerry and Kim Owens provides entrance to their garden at 1021 Idylwild Drive. The garden features a fire pit as well as a fireplace near a cozy table setting and a collection of bird houses. Wood from a previous deck was used to create a lovely bar and table in a covered oasis facing a koi pond and fountain. Pieces of art are featured throughout this lush garden.

The Richmond Garden Club will conduct a bake sale at the Owens home. Proceeds will benefit EKU horticulture scholarships. Photographs by J and K Kreations, owned by Jerry and Kim, will also be on display.

In a wooded oasis with an impressive display of hostas, the garden of Ron and Ruth Wolfe, 108 Westside Drive in the Wil-O-Mac subdivision, provides a quiet sanctuary beside a gentle flowing stream. Garden art features a bottle tree, glass birds, statues, and other surprises. The bottles for the bottle tree were shipped from the Middle East. The stone steps feature shades of green bordered by Liriope and a vegetable garden yeilds fresh produce throughout the summer.

Robert Murphy, a masterful carver, will display his gourd art on the back patio of the Wolfe home. His carved gourds are functional as well as beautiful, and one must see his work to appreciate how a gourd can be transformed into a thing of beauty.

A formal English-style garden can be found at the home of Bruce and Rosalind McIntosh at 107 Sundae Drive in Cross Creek subdivision off Goggins Lane. A collection of evergreens, complimented by colorful annuals, is a testament to their passion for gardening. This garden features several sitting areas for reflection and enjoyment of the outdoors. Abundant trees offer cool shade and privacy.

Jewelry artist Lynda Wooton will be welcomed by Bruce and Rosalind. Lynda creates jewelry from recyclable materials including soda cans and magazines. Her jewelry also can be found at the Richmond Area Arts Center.

A long, winding path stretches to the horizon in the backyard garden of Jeff and Linda Sandwith, 206 Betsy Drive, also in Cross Creek. This garden is a must-see. Along the path is a serene sitting area near a koi pond with water lilies and breathtaking foliage. The path ends at a pool that blends with the landscape. Stone used for the pool entrance and other areas was salvaged from a house that was being demolished. One front-yard tree is more than 100 years old. Among features too numerous to mention are a rose garden, Concord grape vines, hazelnut tree, boxwoods and an old-fashioned outhouse.

Sherri Wooten, of Creative Arts by Sherri, will be one of the artists at the Sandwith home. Her display will include frames, paintings, jewelry, vintage items and more. Patrons will also meet Holly Prosser who will have her book, “Colliding With Grace” for sale. Pat Allen, a Sandwith says this of the book, “It is a heart-wrenching book about respect, caring for others and the journey of two mothers from different cultures.”

Call 624-4242, email debbie@artsinrichmond.org or visit the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St. for tickets or more details.