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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton sets garden tours as fundraiser

  • Tourists will have their senses teased by the bright colors and natural perfume of the gardens participating in the Canton Garden Tours on July 19.
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  • Tourists will have their senses teased by the bright colors and natural perfume of the gardens participating in the Canton Garden Tours on July 19.
    The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which  five themed gardens will be available to view in Canton.
    The cost is $3 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Three Sisters Victorian Tea and Treasures on Main Street in Canton, where they will pass out the maps. Three Sisters opens at 9 a.m., and there will be a luncheon available there after the tour for $7 each. To make reservations, call 620-628-4484.
    The tour is a Friends of Canton Project, a local nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of history and the betterment of Canton.
    Pat and Cheryl Johnson
    400 N. Main St..
    The scent of fresh dill growing wafts about this unique vegetable garden across from the Maltbie’s home. Pat was online one day and saw an innovative design for growing produce and decided to try it. Tires are utilized as planters for the veggies and serve as a make shift solar greenhouse of sorts. During the day the black, rubber absorbs heat from the suns rays and transfers the thermal energy to the water that’s been captured inside the rim from watering. This maintains a constant temperature in which the plants can thrive.
    “I love reaping the rewards of our hard work,” Cheryl said. “At the end of the season, we get to enjoy our fresh vegetables.”
    The couple will enjoy fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and squash later this summer.
    Owen and Della Meier
    400 N. Main St.
    A “Happy Trails” sign is featured in Owen and Della Meier’s garden, which seems to be the theme for their gardening experience. Pat says that gardening is cathartic for he and his wife, Della, who has Parkinson’s Disease and finds some relief from the stress of the disorder.
    “Gardening makes me feel relaxed and energetic at the same time,” Owen said. “If I just get off the couch and get outside, I’m set.”
    The hours they have put into their backyard slice of heaven has paid off. They enjoy the swarms of butterflies brought in by the purple butterfly bush and the peaceful sounds of their pond. The wild geraniums, zinnias and black-eyed susans splash vibrant color.
    “I just hope this garden tour doesn’t give my wife anymore ideas,” Owen said. “We don’t have anymore room.”
    Leland and Juanita Boesker
    305 N. Second St.
    The well-manicured gardens of Leland and Juanita Boesker are so pleasing to the eye.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I don’t even know what a lot of the plants are called, but I love how they look,” Juanita said. “Gardening is just so satisfying and relaxing. I love to come out and play.”
    Multiple varieties of hostas grow amongst the bushes and shrubs lining the walkways. Rose bushes and petunias splash color throughout the quaint garden, making you want to just sit down in the shade with a cool glass of lemonade.
    Vic and Letha Macari
    501 N. 2nd St.
    Vic and Letha Macari incorporate knick-knacks, statues and decorations with the natural decor of their garden. Decorative stones sporting their favorite college teams, a small statue of a donkey pulling a cart, bird feeders and figurines mix with the black-eyed susans, petunias, sunflowers and daisies to create the Macari’s piece of paradise in their own backyard.
    “It so satisfying to reap the rewards of our hard work,” Letha said. “Watching my flowers bloom in the summer is so wonderful and makes me so happy.”

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