Fun Day Date Viewing Lafayette Gardens
Had a fun date with Julie going to a handful of local gardens around town. We met lots of great people passionate about the hobby of gardening, got some good ideas and basically had a fun day of it. Highly recommend adding this to your to-do list for next year. Plus, this group gives away funds to families in need of assistance seeking to beautify their homes. Really a win-win for the community at large.
This year’s tour visited several homes and the WOW children’s museum. I think that stop was just to get the word out. Pretty neat facility and I’ll have to blog about it sometime.
- The garden with six foot tall corn growing. The owner hoped to get three dozen ears and had tall wire fencing to keep rodents out. That house also featured strawberries in a wire enclosed raised box.
- A hidden seating area under a large evergreen tree. It was a great little outdoor room and two women agreed to pose with their summer gardening hats.
- A home with grape vines hanging from the overhanging trellis creating a shady dining area and no doubt lots of jam, wine and jelly each year.
- Julie loved the homes with fruit trees. We hope to figure out a spot or two where we can add some fruit trees – although our yard gets a lot of wind.
Old Town Lafayette Garden Homes
We visited 201 W Cleveland with plenty of garden art in addition to flowers, trees and edible crops. Tom told us he and Connie started their garden 35 years ago. The home is from 1908 and even has an old outhouse and coal shed (now used as potting sheds and storage).
404 E Cleveland Street had a violinist playing spellbinding music, so we lingered in the gardens. This one was really focused on the city-farm concept where they will harvest peppers, eggplant, squash, spinach, kale, garlic, Tomatillos, tomatoes, strawberries and more.
700 Dounce and 706 Dounce. Two individual homes, just a few doors apart. The friendly competition on that street is ripe. One home offered a walking path with boulders through a variety of colorful flowers and several fruit trees. The other was so inviting with its buried hot tub, outdoor dining space and river like water fountain feature.
We got a lot of great ideas and inspiration for our own garden.