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For 12 years the Park Hill Garden Walk has brought neighbors and lovers of gardening together. Home owners open their gardens to ticketed visitors to share their love of gardening and perhaps their expertise. All proceeds for the Walk go to the Greater Park Hill Community (GPHC)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Periscope; check, ladder; check, binoculars; check, notebook; check…Hey! Wait a minute. What about just attending the 2010 Park Hill Garden Walk and leaving the spy gear at home? No need to peek over fences or skulk the alleys to see your neighbors’ gardens.

This year’s Garden Walk takes place June 19th from 10 am-4 pm rain or shine and proves to be a plethora of garden styles with a buffet of gardeners ranging from those that have created family friendly oasis’s to tropical warmth in a conservatory/sunroom.

Claude Monet lives in Park Hill! You will be delighted to walk through this garden featuring a gravel path that leads you along plants with textures and colors, and a feel of Giverney, France. Outdoor dining among lights and a water feature finish this lovely garden paradise.

Community gardening is a wonderful way to gather people with a common interest. We have our own community gardens at Park Hill Elementary School on the Walk. In addition to the neighborhood gardening spirit there will also be the Denver Bee Club, Fitzcoops on raising chickens and other homesteading interests located at these gardens.

Stop by another Garden Walk garden and visit with the owner on his experience raising bees and growing an abundance of plants on his postage stamp lot. See how many of the Walk gardeners use raised beds and incorporate edibles with ornamentals. Compost need not be fussy. Talk with a gardener and her method of compost madness. Visit gardens that make wise use of space to get the most of our urban landscapes. Make sure you have your paper and pen handy to write down the varieties of plants featured on the Garden Walk.

Our variety of architecture becomes picturesque with unique gardening styles that incorporate the timeless homes with unique hardscape, meandering paths and outdoors living rooms. The bucolic sound of water is featured in a few of the Walk gardens. A Koi pond is featured in one lovely garden surrounded with dozens of trees labeled for visitors. Another garden has a water feature that frames a whimsical courtyard and is decorated with artwork.

There is something for every a gardener with or without a green thumb: Professionally designed gardens or gardens that evolved from the heart. Pick up information sheets on your gardening interests, visit the lemonade stand, stop by for some ice cream or pet a chicken. Local artists will be showing their work and some painting plein air in a number of the gardens. There is no better way to spend a summer Saturday in our unique and special neighborhood.

Help support the GPHC food pantry and bring non-perishable food to a collection box located at any one of the Garden Tour gardens and be eligible for prize drawings generously donated by our local merchants. Proceeds from this event benefit the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.

Tickets are $15.00 (adults) $10.00 (children 15 and under), $10.00 seniors (+65) and are on sale now at King Soopers, Moss Pink, Park Hill library or through the GPHC office. For more information call 303 388-0918 or www.parkhillgardenwalk2010.blogspot.com. Come join us and make the Park Hill Garden Walk your annual tradition!

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