Gardeners receive visitors and accolades

June 6, 2011 

Skip and Marguerite Rickerson of Sun City relax in wicker chairs in their garden, which was featured on the Avant-Gardeners annual garden tour this year.


Hydrangeas, hibiscus and native shrubs carefully placed to signal a division between secluded and open spaces were all revealed to tour goers on the Sun City garden tour on May 16. The Avant-Gardeners outdid themselves this year, which was the 11th year the club has held the tour. Gardens included on the tour were located in Sun City, Riverbend and Reflections. The tour was self guided. Participants followed a map on the back of their ticket showing the location of each garden. The gardens included a great variety of plants - often identified by small placards - as well as a variety of styles, scents, and ideas. Daria Binazeski showed off her unique garden, which uses perspective to create the illusion of a larger space. "From every angle it looks like a different yard,' she said. Sue Roderus has a more naturalistic looking, free-flowing garden, where flower beds have curving boundaries. Roderus explained that many of her flowers "bloom at different times,' so the garden can look very different throughout the year. A tile path leads to a seating area hidden in the shade. One of the more exotic gardens on the tour was Skip and Marguerite Rickerson's, featuring tropicals including hydrangeas and hibiscus. Wicker chairs are surrounded by blooms and overlook a beautiful lagoon. Perhaps the greatest joy of the tour, besides the beautiful sights, was the friendliness of the gardeners and the volunteers who supported the endeavor. All were welcoming and added a personal touch to the tour experience. When asked, many club members offered thoughts about gardening and stories about how they began to experiment outdoors: Jane Munster enjoys the "fresh, clean air" of morning gardening; Mary Ann Gebler described her garden as a "tranquil, peaceful place, where I can come when I've had a rough day;" while her husband, Fred, described it as "her canvas.' Daria Binazeski's thoughts ran along similar lines:

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