Oakwood residents Ron and Janice Lee spend most of their summer hours either in their garden or on their lovely and welcoming front porch — which is an open invitation for neighbors and friends to stop by, have a seat and chat for a while.
The Lees’ home is one of seven beautiful and well-tended gardens in the Oakwood area to be showcased at the Vermilion County Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Walk on June 14. Walkers can begin their tour at any location between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on that day, even if it rains. They also must present a ticket for admission to each garden.
Janice Dirks, Garden Walk chairman, said, “The annual Garden Walk gives us an opportunity to spend time in gardens that are open to the public only one time. We would like to especially thank the homeowners who have spent months preparing for this year’s event, which will showcase some special and unique gardens in the Oakwood area.”
The stops on the tour are:
• The Lees at 406 S. Oakwood St. Included in the walk will be a tour of the Lees’ beautiful flower gardens on the large property that surrounds their century-old home. Their picture-perfect two-story house is painted gray with white trim, giving it a well-manicured look.
Since they moved in 15 years ago, the couple has tastefully added flower beds and bushes to make this house their home. They have artistically designed their color-coordinated flower garden using soft pinks, whites and shades of violet in the front yard, with more vibrant hues of purples, yellows and dramatic reds in the gardens on the sides and back of the house.
Many varieties of hostas, impatiens and flowering shrubs are the main attractions in the shaded front yard, and five large ferns adorn the big front porch. Featured out back and on the sides are lilac and butterfly bushes, English lavender, and vibrant red hibiscus.