Miami County Garden Tour 2017
Friday, September 8 & Saturday, September 9 - 9AM to 5PM (mark your calendars)
- Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Extension Office (cash or check) or online at mdcextension.eventbrite.com (credit card). They can also be purchased at any of the six gardens the day of the tour (cash or check). Tickets are good for all six gardens on both days of the tour.
- Begin your tour at any garden.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- No pets or strollers, please.
- Look for garden related items for sale.
- Restrooms will be available at Spring Valley Farms and Wood Gate Hill.
- Tour will be held rain or shine.
- Sign up for door prize drawings at Green’s Natural Creations.
- Additional gardens of interest maintained by the Marais des Cygnes Extension District Master Gardeners.
- Miami County Courthouse – 102 S Pearl St., Paola
- Marais des Cygnes Extension District Office – 104 S Brayman, Paola
Casa de Mariposa -
Sondra & Tom Dela Cruz - 105 E Miami - Paola, KS 66071
Butterflies galore. Visit this registered Monarch Way Station right in Paola. Enjoy the musical sounds of a waterfall, ever enhancing design, colorful artworks and flora. Fall is prime time to witness metamorphosis--caterpillars (larvas) to chrysalis (pupas), then colorful butterflies preparing to migrate amid diverse host plants.
Long Lips Farm -
Lenora Larson - 27995 Plum Creek Road - Paola, KS 66071
Long Lips Farm illustrates that the goals of beauty and wildlife habitat are not mutually exclusive. The two-acre certified butterfly garden exemplifies the English Estate landscape style with flowing curves and masses of plant material. The specific native host plants that are necessary for butterfly caterpillars and nectar-rich flowers for the pollinators are scattered throughout the garden. Substantial hardscaping provies the structure with raised beds and pathways, while numerous colorful art objects ensure four-season interest.
Boston Berry Farm -
John & Denise Johnson - 27750 Normandy Road - Louisburg, KS 66053
This 3-acre sanctuary of garden rooms stimulates all your senses, inviting you to linger, touch, smell and taste. Stroll grassy pathways through cottage garden rooms, southwest cacti, edible fruits, pollinator, native areas and windbreaks in these pesticide free gardens. The birds, bees and grandchildren too are welcome here. Repurposed garden art is integrated throughout. close your eyes and delight in the fragrance of great, great grandmother's antique roses. Native plants are for sale here.
Green's Natural Creations -
Lynn & Bob Green - 12071 Kansas 68 Highway - Louisburg, KS 66053
A hidden jewel was created when Lynn and Bob moved in just 4 years ago. Stroll through the inviting pergolas as you enter and exit the backyard which feels like you're in the deep woods. Huge mature native trees compliment the magnolias and gardens of colorful flowers, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Enjoy several water freatures, including a beautiful, cascading waterfall. Delight and learn from the many creative and natural artworks.
Spring Valley Farm -
Judy Moser & Ken O'Dell - 11485 W 303rd St - Louisburg, KS 66053
Take a walk on the wild side!!! Hike through native prairie grass and wildlife areas and explore the wooded areas with its undergrowth of hostas and pond views. This 80-acre farm garden, untouched by agriculture for 30 years, started as an empty palette. The gardens include truly unbelievable varieties of annuals, tropicals and perennials not to be found elsewhere. Check out the watering systems, learn about plants partial to hot, humid Kansas weather as well as gardening for retirees. Ken knows every tree, shrub and plant on their property. Hostas are for sale at this garden.
Wood Gate Hill -
Chris Coffey & Chuck Michael - 5280 W 263rd St - Louisburg, KS 66053
Sitting on 80 acres, Wood Gate Hill has been evolving near Louisburg for 30 years. Chris and Chuck's landscape passion, talent and love of collecting fine art is inspiring. Contemporary art is intermingled with the antique bronze and marble statues in these English style gardens. Careful planning has graced their gardens with amazing trees and diverse ecosystems, sun and shade. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lovely patio.