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June 16, 2014

Lush gardens, creative art on display Saturday

RAAC’s annual Art in the Garden tour

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RICHMOND —

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.

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