by Connie Oswald Stofko
After about 20 years of adding trees and garden beds to their Grand Island landscape, Pat and Gary Scott are slowing down and even reducing the size of some beds.
“We have to tone it down a little because it’s a lot of work,” Pat said. “If the gardens get too big, it’s overwhelming.”
I visited the Scotts on last year’s Grand Island Garden Walk.
This year the Grand Island Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Maps for the tour can be picked up at the Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island.
Don’t forget about Open Gardens. Select gardens will be open on Thursdays and Fridays in July. To get the hours and the locations of the gardens, you need the booklet, which will be sold for $5 in local garden centers. The booklet should be in garden centers by Mother’s Day. We’ll share the list of garden centers that will carry the booklet as soon as the list is available.
One of the things I noticed about the Scotts’ yard was the way they incorporated a low, wet area. Instead of trying to ignore it, they treated it like a water feature and built a charming foot bridge over the wet area to provide access to the far back end of the yard.
Pat said that she doesn’t plan out her gardens.
“It’s all trial and error,” Pat said. “I’m more hands-on and just try it yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I have moved things to different places. It’s just experimenting with different things.”
She’s something of a plant collector.
“I like to go to all the nurseries because they all have different things,” Pat said.
While Pat likes doing the gardening herself, when it came time to install a patio and deck, the Scotts had it done by professionals. They had the landscaping around the deck installed by landscapers, too.
“It was too big of a job,” she said.
Tip: Pat used pavers from the old deck as edging around garden beds to prevent weeds and grass from creeping into the bed.