The fifth annual Keep Stephenville Beautiful Garden Tour features six unique gardens that will be open to the public on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at Scott’s Flowers, The Chamber of Commerce, Flowers Etc., Greenmaker Nursery and KSB board members or on the day of the tour for $10.
The gardens represent several areas of Stephenville.
In Golf Country Estates, the garden of Dan and Sharon Malone at 127 Sandra Palmer is anchored on each side with large, old live oak trees. For the tour the garden is showing a patriotic theme with plantings and pots of red, white and blue.
The home at 851 Frey is owned by Heather Aguilar and is one of the two houses in the first “Kurb Appeal” Project by KSB. They added a pergola to the front of the house, sod, flowerbeds, and cleaned up trees and shrubs. Decomposed granite was used to create a driveway and a new mailbox was put up. Workers on this project included Aguilar, Keisha Barkmeyer, KSB, students from Tarleton, and community volunteers Gary Sult and Mark McClinton.
The house at 1461 Highland View is described by Katy Copeland, “After moving into our home in the spring of 2012, landscaping has been in constant motion. The front flowerbeds containing various Texas garden staples, has matured to visually enhance our home’s curb appeal. We hope you enjoy touring our work in progress.”
The Barkmeyer home at 863 Frey Street is one of the two homes where KSB worked on their first “Kurb Appeal” Project. Barkmeyer is a new home owner and has been working to fix it up. KSB helped by setting sod, establishing flowerbeds, trimming up trees and bushes, building shutters and adding a picket fence. A driveway and sidewalk was created and a new mailbox was installed.
Since the completion of the Cole Residence in 1989, the landscape surrounding this home has been transformed into a park-like setting. The outdoor living area includes a pool and fountain, a play scape area for children and several areas for entertaining guests. One will also find sitting areas under pergolas, an herb garden and an array of plants.
The home of Stephany Elliott, located at 1255 Alexander Road, is a version of the HGTV Dream Home 2011. This modern mountain lodge was designed by Vermont architect Paul Rouselle. The home is constructed of native limestone excavated from the property, as well as Douglas fir beams. Landscaping by Karen Richardson includes varieties of Southwestern Yuccas, mountain laurels, ferns, and aromatic sumac to meting a few.
It is suggested that attendees save the Elliott garden on Alexander Highway to the end. In addition to viewing this garden, Keep Stephenville Beautiful will sponsor a Color Stephenville Beautiful event. They will have plants and trees that may be purchased to help add color in the city.
Plants will include Knock-Out Roses, Crepe Myrtles, a collection of colorful bushes and flowers. This gives residents an opportunity to purchase some plants to enliven their yards and also provide some funds for future projects for Keep Stephenville Beautiful.