If you've ever giraffe-necked over a stranger's fence, eyeing a flowering clematis as it climbs along the wooden slats and tumbles down into a lush backyard garden, the 2011 Garden Tour is for you. On Sunday, June 12, you can sate your inner garden stalker as you tour 10 private gardens in Eagle and Meridian. Presented by the Lunaria League, the Garden Tour is now in its 25th year, and all proceeds benefit Idaho Botanical Garden.
Here's a brief synopsis of what you can expect at each stop. Garden No. 1 features a sunken formal perennial garden and "a majestic, life-size topiary, in the shape of elk." Garden No. 2 offers a "cool oasis of ponds, patios [and] vegetable gardens" from Edwards Greenhouse employee Wendy Southerland, while garden No. 3 has a "cottage garden in front bursting with perennials." Garden No. 4 offers fruit trees and bee boxes, while garden No. 5 showcases iron water features that "carry a stream to two separate ponds with pedal boats and a dock." Gardens No. 6, 7 and 8 connect along the Cherry Lane Golf Course, while garden No. 9 celebrates the Victorian style with a picket fence and "charming miniature gardens." Garden No. 10 finishes the tour off with "a unique conifer collection, punches of annual color and a collection of metal art placed throughout the garden."