Six unique gardens will be featured in this Sunday’s North County Spring Garden Tour benefitting the Adult Day Center in Paso Robles.
Gardens range from hillside views with drought-tolerant succulents to a meticulous European village garden filled with spring blooms and a xeriscaped property overlooking Paso Robles. A raffle with baskets from EOS will be held, and complimentary light refreshments will be served in several gardens. Garden art by local artists will be available for purchase.
A juxtaposition in Atascadero
Start the day with the “Juxtapose” garden of Richard Soundy and wife Roseann Church atop the ridge off Morro Road in Atascadero, where the expansive view adds depth to the creative artful garden surrounding a modern Southwest home.
Three different garden areas make up the ambiance: one deer-resistant in an unfenced area, another full of succulents, aloes and ferns inside a protective wall and a third, the vegetable and flower garden protected by deer fencing. Throughout the property, Soundy has placed beehives that he designed and built himself and sells as kits through Rainemaker.com .
Recycled and unique
Linda Foley’s eclectic garden in Atascadero highlights a garden shed built from recycled products. Foley collected building elements from garage sales and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Paso Robles.
Four raised beds supply organic peppers, tomatoes, fava beans and other ingredients for Foley’s authentic Italian cooking. Foley collects and packages non-GMO seeds that will be for sale in her garden, along with her clever “recycled blue jeans” garden aprons.
A Templeton oasis
The lush and tropical “Bird Sanctuary” garden of Sarah Boling in Templeton is easily accessed from Highway 101, just beyond Trader Joe’s. Boling’s goal was to create an oasis for birds and a peaceful outdoor environment for retirement after 35 years of world travel as a flight attendant.
Sculptures by Phillip Glashoff and Max DeMoss and a Chinese warrior statue from Xiang, China, provide focal points amid a wide variety of shrubbery and trees.
Tucked into the oaks
Not far from the Boling garden is the Spanish Camp property of Teri De-Gross, a large parcel with native and drought-tolerant planting. The DeGross home exemplifies a rural North County property with a canopy of oaks shading the drought-tolerant and native plants. Designed by landscape architect Les Toma in the mid-1990s, the mature landscape now has the quality of settled country life in an expansive setting. Patios and decks enable the couple to enjoy sunrise and sunset views over the gardens.
A small jewel in Paso
Nearby is the lovingly tended “European village garden” of Charlotte Zalzalah, who was born in Vienna. This is an example of how to make a colorful and inviting garden in a small space, using hardy perennials as the low-water yellow calyophos that cascade over the decorative block retaining wall.
Edible plants grow among the ornamentals, providing the Zalzalahs with an abundance of figs, grapes, apricots and blueberries.
For those interested in xeriscaping, the Linda Cor man yard in Paso Robles is an outstanding example of an aesthetic garden of several “rooms” using droughttolerant plants such as genista “Sweet Broom” and rosemary.
The Cormans created a river rock streambed with an arched bridge to add interest to the space, and used a deep layer of mulch to retain water throughout the plantings. There is no lawn in the front or back of this property that also boasts a magnificent view to the hills north of Paso Robles.
All of these homeowners are opening their gardens for viewing to support the Adult Day Center of Paso Robles. Founded in 2004, the center is the area’s only nonprofit fulltime day facility for older adults experiencing cognitive impair ment, memory loss or dementia. While the trained staff offers socially stimulating and therapeutic activities for their guests, caregivers are able to have a day free for respite and errands. The center also provides weekly caregiver support group meetings. Students from Cuesta College and Cal Poly learning to work with geriatric patients serve as interns at the center.
“We offer a social model of safe and loving care in a small home, with games, age-specific music, and activities modified to our guests’ abilities. People come from all over the county to utilize our center, and we are glad to be there to meet their needs. The garden tour is a wonderful way to support the center,” said Program Manager Mara Whitten.