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June 19, 2012

Annual Walk features 9 gardens

Tour to happen rain or shine

DANVILLE — Nine beautiful and unique gardens, all located on the east end of Danville, will be showcased during the Vermilion County Master Gardeners’ annual walk on Sunday.

Spectators can begin their tour at any garden between noon and 5 p.m. on that day, even if it rains. Walkers must present a ticket at each garden.

Garden Walk chairman Janice Dirks said, “The Master Gardeners are pleased to feature the east end of Danville this year. It’s wonderful to see all the improvements and renovations that have been completed, as well as the people’s enthusiasm, devotion and willingness to give of themselves.

“One of our goals as Master Gardeners is to help others improve their gardens through education and new and different ideas,” Dirks said. “There are many interesting and different gardens on the walk this year, especially if one is into vegetable gardening, and I want to also personally thank everyone who has helped make this year’s Garden Walk possible.”

One of the highlights on the Garden Walk is tucked away at 3208 Hilltop Dr., providing a lovely and tranquil setting for the rustic log home where Steve and Kimberly Moore have lived for 31 years.

Kim is quite the gardener, mixing the soil and potting the many rustic containers and flower beds that make this home a real showplace — and also last year’s first place Make It Bloom winner for their region of the city.

“I’ve always loved gardening,” Kim said. “It’s my therapy because I love to be outside, and we’ve added some new features every year.”

Kim has a unique way of using old containers for her plantings, such as a frying pan and Steve’s grandfather’s watering can. One special container — her dad’s potty chair — holds Steve’s grandmother’s Christmas cactus planted in her grandmother’s pot. And there’s the 150-year-old chair, hand pump and plow that were handed down through Steve’s family. Using these meaningful items and others makes this landscape a sort of family memory garden.

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