Eleven club members gathered to make Christmas wreaths, it was a fun day!
995 Park Street-
The selection committee for the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month program has had its eye on D’Anne and Steve Shaw’s charming garden at 955 Park Street for a very long time. The first time we approached them, they said that the back yard was not ready for prime time. The next year, the giant incense cedar in the front yard was felled. The year after that, they were remodeling the house. Every year something happened because these homeowners are never idle. Finally, the time has come: This is the July 2018 Garden of the Month.
The wedge-shaped garden is gorgeous, both front and back. D’Anne and Steve both love color and work hard, each averaging ten hours per week despite their busy careers. They share responsibility for design and maintenance. They consider it a work in progress, continually making changes. The garden is entirely organic and is a designated pollinator garden. Don’t miss the Pollinator Garden tour on July 15 (https://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=17460). The Shaws were part of the tour last year but have made way for new gardens this year.
Steve reports that he was introduced to gardening as a child by his father who taught him the value of hard work from an early age and gave him a deep appreciation for gardens. Three pretty Gingko trees were given to D’Anne in one-gallon pots a long time ago and she cared for them in the pots for years until settling on this property.
You will see how much they have grown and thrived in the 18 years since being planted in the ground. The unusual round metal arbor in the corner of the front yard was made for them for their wedding.
Among the many beautiful flowering plants are roses, hydrangea, peonies, lilies, foxglove, columbine, ground orchids and dahlias. Walk or drive by to see how prettily these things and many others look together.
Article by: Ruth Sloan
Photos by Larry Rosengren
Yearly, Ashland Garden Club members donated flowers from their personal gardens to create numerous table arrangements for the Ashland Lions Club annual Feast of Will dinner in Lithia Park. Members of Ashland Garden Club include (many) master gardeners, a state flower judge, retire florists, professional landscapers, and people who just love flowers and plants!
186 Ohio Street – It’s such a pleasant surprise to discover the beautiful garden at 186 Ohio Street. Although the house is on a flag lot, much of the garden is visible from the street or sidewalk. Stacy and Eric Poole own the property and have lived here with their two daughters Allie and Aimee, a dog, cat, and three chickens since 2001. It’s easy to find the property because of two large basalt pillars installed near the sidewalk by their friend, the stone sculptor Jesse Biesanz.
In fact, the Pooles have many talented friends who have added to the charming ambience of the property. Metal sculptor Cheryl Garcia is a friend who helped Stacy with the original garden design and installation. There are numerous Garcia sculptural pieces throughout. Landscape designer and friend Jane Hardgrove has helped transform areas of the garden with her vision.
Stacy averages two to five hours per week working in the garden but wishes she could spend more time. Vidal Cervantes has been helping with weeding and cleanup. Allie and Aimee enjoy spending time in the garden and help their mother realize changes.
The garden has evolved as the children are growing up. The current trampoline replaced a swing set, and is likely to be replaced before long with a fire pit and seating area. Other areas of the landscape have been reworked in phases.
Among Stacy’s favorite plants are the sunflowers of summer and Japanese maples. There are raised beds for vegetables, including lettuces, tomatoes, and basil, and various kinds of berries abound. Tiny (less than two inches high) cyclamen catch the eye in March. Pleasant surprises are everywhere at all times of year.
Article by Ruth Sloan
Photos by Larry Rosengren