The Richmond Register

June 22, 2013

Flowers, art and gardeners’ passion showcased on sun-drenched day

Taylor Pettit
Register Correspondent

RICHMOND — Overflowing rose bushes, sunlit pergolas and the passion of gardeners were showcased Saturday during the Richmond Area Arts Council’s annual Art in the Garden Tour.

Each of the seven gardens featured on the sun- drenched day reflected the designer’s flair ranging from detailed works of garden art to flowing lines on patios and pools.

“My wife envisioned everything here,” said Johnnie Allen, with his wife Ronda, who have taken 10 years and over 40 roses to transform their Main Street yard.

“It’s a hobby that becomes a love,” Allen said. “When we got here, there was pretty much nothing but a few raggedy shrubs. We have hand-dug every bed and taken care with what we planted.”

Many of the gardens also became home to artists for the day, offering works from watercolor and illustration to pottery.

“It’s a wonderful, pleasant place to sit and take in the interesting details,” said artist Pat Banks, who used Bob and Carol Vickers’ annuals for inspiration in a painting.

Carol Vickers said she loves the ease of entertaining in her spacious yard, which includes a pool with a slide and a large upstairs porch.

“It’s just the kind of place to have fun,” said Vickers, who had the yard professionally landscaped.

Gentry and Dinah Deck’s garden showcased numerous water features such as a pond and a pool. Among the garden was also Jeremy Newell’s artwork.

Newell, who teaches art at Model Laboratory School, said his unique work fit in well with the Decks’ clean and polished garden.

“My work is more realistic than symbolic,” Newell said.

The Richmond Garden Club also offered baked goods, tulip bulbs, potted plants and fairy gardens at one location to help raise funds for future community projects.