Signal Hill hosts Garden Walk Sunday, June 25

The Signal Hill Neighborhood will present a Garden Walk from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 25. Nine gardens will be open for visits. Many other gardens of interest are visible from the street for passersby. The gathering place to receive Garden Walk information is behind the North End businesses on the southwest corner of North Main and Auburn streets at LaDiDa. A small bus will be available to transport visitors to the garden areas, if needed. A plant sale will be held throughout the day at 726 John St.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, this hilly, tree-filled neighborhood has several delightful and varied gardens. Those available for touring are:

Burnside Garden—340 King St. A jewel of a garden with an array of color and aroma to invite you in.

Andresen Garden—1416 N. Court St. An experiment in eclecticism, the Andresen garden is ever-changing with veggies for the freezer, herbs for the pot and whatever flowers and shrubs catch the gardener’s fancy.

McLammarah Garden—611 King St. The use of bricks and stones have made a formal garden of patterns and shapes in this garden of raised beds.

Peterson Garden—707 Reynolds St. Triangle Garden—across the street. The cottage garden in the front yard contrasts with the terraced back yard. Both make wide use of shade-loving plants. The Triangle Garden, in a public space, is filled with pink, purple and yellow sun-loving plants.

Spitzer Garden—1131 North Ave. Hostas encircle this charming yard, and a sunken garden in the rear features a beautiful pond with a waterfall.

Frame Garden—1115 North Ave. A casual and varied mix of fruits, flowers and vegetables. A garden that is doable for the average gardener with a little sweat equity.

Myers Garden—1111 North Ave. This garden, once featured in the Garden Glory Walk, is hidden away behind a 6-foot privacy fence. The terraced back yard has a vine-covered arbor room, a pergalo with wooden swing, small pond and herb garden.

McNamara Garden—726 John St. This garden, on an almost 1-acre lot, has many perennial beds around the patio and yard. The special woods walkway features some of the many varieties of hosta in the garden. Displayed among the collection of trees, paths and plants is a sculpture by artist John Verl McNamara.

Stepping Stones Garden—904 N. Church St. This yard is an oasis along a busy street. This garden, designed by Bill Beard, is enclosed by a beautiful wrought iron fence. It was begun with a Canadian Red Cherry tree and is meant to include some of the formal aspects of a manor garden. It has an arbor, fountain and many plantings of flowers and shrubbery with the flow and freedom of an English country garden.

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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