FOSTORIA - The Fostoria Garden Club is preparing for its 2013 garden tour 1-5 p.m. Sunday. With a "Garden Delights" theme, the tour includes eight stops.
Garden Club President Jo Zbiegien is in charge of the event.
"When I go on a garden tour, I'm looking for ideas. ... something different that I can adapt for my yard," Zbiegien said.
PHOTO BY MIKE MASELLA
Wild flowers accent a rustic fence post and wheel at the home of Wyoma Strong, north of Fostoria.
The tour begins at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren St., where participants can purchase tickets for $5 and obtain maps. From there, they can go in any direction to the designated gardens.
Before departing, guests should explore the attractions at Wesley. Outdoors, the grounds are landscaped; indoors, the church's narthex has a large, indoor garden surrounded by an art gallery.
At 1127 Francis Ave., Jeff and Michelle Kingery have constructed six large flower beds, a pond, a deck, greenhouse and vegetable garden.
Ed and Betty Mason, 200 Jeanette Drive, have added a pond and waterfall since the last time they welcomed guests on a garden tour.
In the middle of town, Floyd and Ruthy Davis have turned their front yard at 624 W. Center St. into a shaded retreat.
On the north end of Fostoria, Robert and Shellie Blake have a small pond with many perennials, including a strawberry patch, at 505 Eisenhower Drive. Zbiegien said to look for the trellis that holds a huge trumpet vine.
A variety of perennials and a gazebo with a swing can be found behind the fence at the home of Duane and Esther Reynolds, 1201 Lincoln Ave.
Take a short road trip east on SR 12 to the rural home of Jim and Ginny Hull near Bettsville. Their property is at 6966 N. TR 156, just off SR 12. A large waterfall cascades into a pond lined with many colorful flowers.
Long-time garden club member, Wyoma Jean Strong, also lives some distance from the city at 1508 W. Millgrove Road. She has six acres of land dotted with garden spots.
Tickets for "Garden Delights" are available in advance at Wesley United Methodist Church, The Review-Times or the Fostoria Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds from the tour are to be used for the club's community projects, including the farmers' markets.