IRONTON - A container basket sitting atop a white, painted ladder and colorful flowers found in several antique items and furniture can be found throughout Julie and Dan Goshey's massive flower garden that is nestled around half of their Ironton home.
The Gosheys' garden will be among seven gardens on display July 18 in the fourth annual Hallett Community Center Foundation Garden Tour. The self-guided tour will run from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature gardens in the Deerwood, Crosby, Aitkin and Ironton areas. The tour, which will run rain or shine, will benefit the Hallett Community Center Foundation in Crosby.
Red and white petunias sat in a red trailer in a rock garden at Julie and Dan Goshey's home in Ironton. The Gosheys' garden will be featured in the annual Hallett Community Center Foundation Garden Tour.
Karen Swanhorst and Sue Bowles, organizers of the garden tour, said the tour is a fundraiser for making improvements to the Hallett Community Center. In the past, funds from the tour have gone toward installing a handicapped accessible door, a sauna, tiles in the restrooms and equipment in the workout room.
Swanhorst said, "The No. 1 reason for going on the garden tour is to be inspired. I am always looking for new ideas to use in my garden and there are tons of ideas on this tour.
Tour attendees will find ideas such as what might work well as garden art, what plants look great together, what plants look great in a pond or how to cultivate a vegetable garden that is productive and beautiful."
This colorful flower bed will on display at Jan and Al Doonan's home in Ironton for the fourth annual Hallett Community Center Foundation Garden Tour scheduled July 18. The self-guided tour will run from noon to 5 p.m.
Swanhorst said the tour also a a time where people can talk with other gardeners about what works for them. Swanhorst said gardeners may have ideas and solutions about troubling insects, plants, landscaping or a number of other things.
Tickets may be purchased at the Jesse Hallett Library, Hallett Community Center, Little Country Greenhouse and the Crosby-Ironton Courier, all in Crosby. Tickets are $10 and are tax deductible. Donations this year will be matched by Thrivent Financial.
Red petunias sat on top of a white, wooden ladder at Julie and Dan Goshey's home in Ironton. The Gosheys' garden that will be featured in the annual Hallett Community Center Foundation Garden Tour on July 18 is filled with antique treasures.
Descriptions of the gardens and a map come with the ticket. Homes on the tour:
Ruth and Bob Sandin's garden in Aitkin. Ruth began gardening at her Aitkin home in the summer of 2001 and established beautiful gardens.
Joanna Pierce's garden in Aitkin is a walk down the path, along the lake from the Sandins. Pierce's garden was started in 2003 and is based on a plan developed by Louise Johnson. Pierce subscribes to the "no soil showing" school of gardening, which, she said usually results in a rather random display. Pierce's love of roses also is seen as she developed a shrub rose area.
Dianne and Lyle Venne's garden in Aitkin started with a pile of rocks. The Vennes used the rocks along with compost and manure to make a beautiful mix of perennials, annuals and vegetables gardens. The original rock pile is now a pond, which attracts a variety of wildlife.
Jim Gergerich's garden in Crosby has many raised beds for vegetables using the science of small space-big production. He is able to closely control the soil and fertilizers to attain a perfect balance.
Goshey's garden in Ironton is a work in progress. Julie Goshey said she started gardening several years ago as a way to relieve stress and get some sun in the summertime. She said she really didn't know much about gardening and she says that hasn't changed much. Goshey's not much for formal gardens, she lean toward rustic and country. Goshey wants people to walk through her garden and notice fun ideas and neat little knick-knacks.
Jan and Al Doonan of Ironton have a nearly two acre, park-like setting with countless shrubs and wonderful landscaping. They have a fenced in vegetable garden and lots of containers with annuals.
Lisa and Gary Roth's garden in Deerwood is a pleasant mix of annuals and perennials, and an immaculately kept vegetable garden and landscaping. The hobby farm has cows, donkeys and chickens to add to the charm.