Garden tour draws big crowd

The Lyon County Extension Master Gardeners' annual Emporia Garden Tour dug up a rather hefty attendance Saturday.


Close to 150 people went through four home gardens and a berry patch near Emporia, nearly doubling last year's mark.

One of the stops on the tour was the Margaret Davidson and Betty Campbell garden at 945 Whildin. Davidson and Campbell started the garden over 30 years ago with a single tree. Since then, they have set a host of different plants, including ornamental strawberries, vinka, violets, cone flowers, oat grass and cat mint.

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Meanwhile, Bobbi Sauder was showing off her gardens at 1966 Morningside. Sauder's gardens bring year-round beauty.

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Sauder and her husband, Steve, took over the gardening from Paul and Janice DeBauge a year ago, and there have been some changes. Bobbi Sauder says she has done some thinning and rearranging to suit her tastes.

Rita and Gilbert Louk of 2057 Fanestil had a lot of plants that not only appealed to the human eye but also to the caterpillar tongue. The Louks enjoy watching butterflies, and they also enjoy the peaceful atmosphere after they built a pair of small ponds and placed some koi fish inside each one.

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Stops also included:

*Teresa and Doug Maley garden, 3631 Caribou
*Susan and Chet Stone berry patch, 1906 Road 180

For more information about the Master Gardeners, call Lyon County Extension at 341-3220.

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