"I challenge the grandchildren to find five in this one," Nancy said of the fairies she tucked into her largest garden contained in a bright blue child's wagon. Her neighbor Jim Weber inspired her to create her whimsical gardens when he started making them several years ago.
Weber's garden is also on the tour. Among his brick and stone walkways and colorful flowerbeds sit 14 miniature gardens in containers.
"Mine are miniature gardens, while Nancy's are fairy gardens. Mine are realistic settings like an actual garden as opposed to fantasy," he said of his small gardens, which do indeed resemble small-scale garden scenes.
Across the street, Reggie Hawver and Teresa Angotti made the most of their 50- by 150-foot lot. Hawver, whose art appears around town, including in The Pink Moon, gives his wife full credit for the gardens.
Extensive walls built from rocks Hawver gathered for years border the upper gardens and a water feature. Ferns, irises, peonies, daylilies and hostas fill the curved beds leading to chairs sitting under a massive willow tree on the riverbank.
"The guy who lived here before said he took a stem from the willow next door, stuck it in the ground, and this grew from it," said Hawver.
All the plants in their garden are clearly labeled, but Hawver and Angotti will be on hand for the tour to answer any questions, as will the other four homeowners.
"It think it's a really pleasant surprise that all these gardens have been done by their owners," said Shaver, who has toured many gardens designed and planted by professionals.
Parking is limited. Guests should park at St. Patrick's Church downtown and ride a shuttle to Kitson Street. The ride is included in the $10 tour ticket, as is a 10 percent discount at Pink Moon and Thyme Bistro.
Vendors will set up at St. Paul's Episcopal Church across from St. Patrick's, including Martha Cochran and the succulents she grows at North Hills Nursery, native plants grown by Doug and Davetta Jolley at Windham Nursery, and lavender from Myra Bromage Hale at La Paix Farms. Kaycee Lamb will offer organic soaps as well as the lettuces and herbs she grows at Sunny Patch Farm, and Liz and Frank Abruzzino of Hawthorne Valley Farms will have organically grown beef for sale.
Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 206 E. Second St. Call 304-296-4030.
Want to go?
WHAT: Arts in the Garden Tour, presented by Weston Fine Arts Council
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.