Here are garden tour photos and commentary from Ginny vR.:
Nancy's garden: a charming cottage garden in the front and lovely shaded patio garden in the back, with a beautiful and florally decorated porch.
Laurie's garden: a small Beacon Hill style rear garden with lush plantings, including a blue hydrangea border and fieldstone patio with shade plantings under a cherry tree. We loved her buckwheat hull mulch!
Pal’s garden: beautiful sunny borders packed with a wonderful variety of perennials where she has let wildflowers (like cowslip) stay and flourish.
Ginny's garden: a sequence of garden rooms, each with a different theme in a mostly shaded property: Provence garden, Japanese garden, roses and perennial border, Buddha garden with wildflowers, woodland walk garden.
Andrea's garden: a magnificent estate garden with 1 1/3 acres of mass plantings including a rhododendron forest walk, lush border shrubs and flowering kousa dogwood trees, a clematis arbor walk, and a newly planted "handkerchief" or dove tree in the front garden.
Many thanks to the members who donated their time and gardens for our enjoyment, and thanks to DGC members who brought their enthusiasm on a rainyish Saturday!
A few days later, members got together again to hold a small ceremony to commemorate the new bench donated by Allison Fowler, daughter of former member Ozzie Osgood. Ozzie originally donated a bench years ago, and this bench replaces the original. It sits in the library's Secret Garden, where it offers a place to relax, enjoy the garden, and remember the contributions of a former beloved member of the DGC.
Evonne P. introduced the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and we also heard from former member Susie Hubbard Ryan and our own Sue B., both of whom fondly recalled their gardening days with Ozzie. Susie officiated at the original bench dedication, honoring Ozzie back in the summer of 1992!
Here are a few photos from the morning (with additions from Ginny vR. and Kathy B.)
Ozzie's daughter, Allison, listening as Susie speaks movingly about her gardening days with Ozzie
Sue B. recalls her very early days as a DGC member and her memories of Ozzie's warmth, dedication, and welcoming personality
Allison cutting the ribbon
Allison with her own daughter, Ozzie's granddaughter
Our beautiful Secret Garden
This very familiar bird bath was also donated by Ozzie many years ago!
DGC historian Ginny vR. found this old photo of Susie and Ozzie at the original bench donation in 1992!
Many thanks again to all our board members, especially Evonne P., our president, Kathy B., vice president, and Susan M. and Ellen N., our program chairs, for another wonderful year of gardening, adventure, and friendship. Happy summer!