SACKETS HARBOR A garden tour hosted by the Sackets Harbor Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary has started to grow on gardeners and guests.
The third annual garden tour hosted by the auxiliary is from 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday.
Organizer Kelly E. Reinhardt said the tour had 60 visitors to gardens in 2011 and approximately 80 last year.
The tour raised $700 for the auxiliary in 2012. The funds are used to purchase items for the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. The auxiliary assists firefighters with buying supplies such as drinks and blankets, which are taken to emergency scenes.
Five gardens are on this years tour. Among the selections are a country garden, a village garden and a very formal historic garden, Ms. Reinhardt said.
n206 General Smith Drive
Beverly and Mike Hoagland
Numerous flowers and shrubs can be seen from the Hoaglands back porch. The couple will showcase their 37 years of hard work on the property that began with having to clear tall grass, old car parts and mattress springs.
n205 W. Washington St.
Gardens at the Dyer Burnham House
The Dyer Burnham house, owned by David Altieri, typifies the Greek Revival architectural style prevalent when the house was built in 1844. The landscaping and gardens are being developed to reflect the predominant garden style of the mid-19th century. Ms. Reinhardt noted that in the 1840s, the romantic garden style began to replace the formal geometric gardens of the Colonial period.
n372 Ontario St.
Isabelle and Briggs McAndrews
This address showcases a lakeside perennial garden featuring flowers gathered from local castoffs and roadsides. Varieties include tiger lilies, lilacs and daisies as well as plantings such as rugosa roses, multiple grasses, hostas, perennial herbs and peonies. Container and raised gardens have been planted with colorful annuals. A lakeside walkway of Pennsylvania Bluestone surrounds the home and meanders through grasses and hostas.
n14737 Military Road
Jim and Kathy Clark
This garden features impressive waterfalls, ponds and stonework.
n13737 Hess Road
Ms. Reinhardt said she began her garden, at her house built in 1860, six years ago.
I had always gone on garden tours with friends and family, she said. I also had a lot of gardener friends who inspired me. I had a clean slate to work with.
The garden consists mainly of perennial beds. One feature is a stone wall built from 100-year-old hand-cut stones. A new vegetable garden has been established by Ms. Reinhardt, who also is a beekeeper. She also has several new trees growing on her property. She said she loves trees and serves as the tree committee chairwoman for the village of Sackets Harbor.
Trees are the bones of a village or for somebodys property or garden, she said.