Garden Tour Shows Its Blooms

Louisa Stewart (left) shares details about her garden with Susan, Karon and Robert Ulrich. Maggie Beamguard/SLI

By Maggie Beamguard

Insider Editor

Everything was in glorious flower for the 2024 Seven Lakes Garden Club garden tour. Garden club volunteers and gracious gardeners hostessed the event on June 1, which is held every two years. 

This year included six private home gardens and the West End United Methodist Church Food Pantry Unity Garden.

The home gardens were as diverse as their creators. From the whimsy of the gardens of Leslie and Bob Rose to the manicured, spa-like haven of the Zentar home, garden tourists delighted in each bud, blossom and butterfly. 

The Garden Club makes an intentional effort to create a diverse experience.

“We like to have a range of gardens that appeal to a wide range of people. From the big “wow” to the simple, all have a place in our tour,” said Garden Club member Carolyn Sink in a prior interview. The gardens expressed each gardener’s personality and their various inspirations.

Kameron Randall’s garden is the only privately owned garden also featured on the 2022 tour. His koi pond is a popular destination. The pond has grown by 1000 gallons since the last garden tour in 2022. 

A pretty garden gate welcomed visitors to Louisa Stewart’s terraced garden. Its beauty was imbibed with meaning and memory with special touches to honor her husband Chandler who passed away in January. Thistle and their Stewart tartan adorned a vintage canoe at her lakefront in his memory. 

Cheerful garden flags and thoughtful hardscape provide the backdrop of the colorful garden of Leslie and Bob Rose. They have been establishing their garden over the last 30 years in Seven Lakes North. 

With the help of a local landscape designer, the Zentar family of Seven Lakes West created an outdoor living space that feels like a five-star resort with a pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen as focal points.

Visitors to Sherry Niewald’s Seven Lakes West garden no doubt wondered about her secrets to keeping deer away from her splendid daylilies. Her container garden wall was enjoyed by both people and pollinators. 

Allison and Eric Sanders designed their backyard oasis with entertainment in mind including generous, comfortable seating and a pergola set among a boxwood knot garden. Allison, a horticulturalist, chose white-blooming plantings as part of her vision for a night garden. Night gardens are popular for their magical evening “glow.” 

The event was free, but donations were welcome at each stop and raffle baskets were available. Proceeds from the garden tour support the Unity Garden and garden projects at West End Elementary School.

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