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Gardens, Artists and More at 2014 Ramona Garden Tour

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 4 gardens throughout Ramona, CA  See map
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Photo Courtesy: Ramona Garden Club
Photo Courtesy: Ramona Garden Club

By
Regina Elling



Artists
at their craft, a garage filled with Jaguars, and an increased selection of
garden art are just some of the attractions added to this year’s annual Garden
Tour and Plant Sale, hosted by the Ramona Garden Club. This year’s “Blooms,
Boulders and Birds” event is set for April 26, 2014.



Four
gardens will be showcased on this year’s tour. The biggest garden—covering 24
acres—is the personal growing grounds for a major nursery located in Rancho
Santa Fe. The mountain views—as well as the number and variety of low water use
plants, especially cactus and agaves, seem endless. Two gardens on tour feature
natives. One garden strives to be Earth Friendly; although only a half-acre,
the yard is packed with a variety of plants and whimsical garden art. The other
4.5 acre property features meandering paths and rock-lined creek beds; when the
owners are not relaxing in the garden, they can be found in a 1,500 square foot
museum disguised as a garage, where vintage Jaguars are loving memorialized and
rebuilt. The final 10-acre garden—formerly a working horse ranch—is now home to
60 established trees, 70 roses, a garden, fruit trees and more.



Guests
are also encouraged to stop by the Labyrinth: A Community Garden for Ramona, at
St. Mary’s In-The-Valley Episcopal Church. Tickets are not needed for this
stop, which seeks to fill a community need for viable garden space for those
who have none. Gardeners will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.



Three
Ramona artists--Carol Ravy, Wilma Owen and Lori Sutherland--will be back on
tour, busy at their crafts, at two homes this year. Their artwork will be
available for purchase.



This
year, the giant Plant Sale offers many varieties of tomatoes and other
vegetables. Plant lovers will be able to select from a wide variety of irises,
succulents and perennials, and more, all in various sizes. Garden club members
will be available to answer questions throughout the day. The Plant Sale will
be held in the parking lot of the Ramona Community Library, 1275 Main Street,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours for the Tour are the same.



The
Garden Shed will again open its doors, offering savvy shoppers a choice of
handmade goods such as cork birdhouses, leaf-casting birdbaths, teacup bird
feeders, crafts and gently used garden items. Also, a number of vendors will be
on hand to showcase their unique, garden related wares.



A
chance to win one of two large containers of garden goodies is also available,
via the club’s opportunity drawing.



The
Garden Tour is self-guided, with all information provided upon ticket purchase.
Tickets are not necessary to shop the plant sale. Proceeds from the Tour and
Sale benefit the Ramona Garden Club Scholarship Fund and other community
projects.



Tickets
are $20, and are available at the Plant Sale the day of the Tour, at Packards
Coffee Shop, 680 Main St., Ransom Brothers True Value, 1441 Main St., and Sun
Valley Florist, 677  Main St. For
more information, contact Jane Vidal at (760) 789-1910 or visit:
RamonaGardenClub.com.

Carolyn Wildberger April 08, 2014 at 06:41 PM
This plant sale is awesome. Excellent selection and great prices. Last year was my first year in Ramona, and attending the garden tour and the art tour were wonderful ways to get to know the area and the people. I love Ramona!!!
Ramona V April 18, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Thank you for the kind words Carolyn.. proceeds benefit the Ramona Garden Club's scholarship fund and community projects such as Collier Park and grants
Ada Wildberger April 21, 2014 at 07:53 PM
I've just arrived back from a lovely day spent meandering throughout Solana Beach. Oh, true confession: first time I've ever walked that peaceful haven! I'm simply inspired how wonderfully decorated Solana Beach is with the most magically simple displays of a spectacular mix of shapes and hews of greens, blues and greys fronting the browns and tans of some great granite and soil coverings. Fresh, alive, inviting...

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