GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On any given day, traipsing through a stranger’s garden might be grounds for a call to authorities.
This Saturday, a garden stroll at the neighbor’s house is perfectly acceptable — and encouraged.
“We enjoy sharing our love of gardening with others,” said Sharill Hawkins, Glenwood Springs Garden Club program committee member.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Garden Club hosts a horticulture-focused tour highlighting gardens created and tended by homeowners, community gardeners, and bed and breakfast innkeepers. A variety of 10 gardens are included on the tour featuring a guide to locate each living attraction.
“Who doesn’t love flowers?” said Eliza Fulton, who runs downtown Glenwood’s Best Kept Secret Bed and Breakfast, 916 Colorado Ave., with her husband, David, which is on the tour. “We’ve all been weeding like crazy.”
Best Kept Secret is one of the five downtown spots included on Saturday’s garden tour. Fulton said her B&B business was launched from the curb appeal her garden brought to the Colorado Avenue property.
“It’s funny, people would walk by and people would say our house should be a B&B, so we opened up two rooms on the first floor,” she said.
Fulton, who has been gardening for 40 years, said her gardens are mostly filled with flowers, with a few vegetables mixed in for the B&B.
“The farmer’s market is just down the street, so I can find everything I need there,” she said.
One feature of the Best Kept Secret garden is a walkable labyrinth, a popular classical 17th century design used for meditation. Fulton said she and her husband completed the garden’s labyrinth last year during a full moon. The first of three supermoons visible in 2014 happens to fall on Saturday.
“For me, what’s exciting is that we’re celebrating completing the labyrinth on the lunar first moon in 2013,” she said. “We’ve had more than 100 people walk the labyrinth so far. I’ve always walked labyrinths.”
Another highlight of the downtown B&B garden is the Goddess Diana topiary, which Fulton created 40 years ago starting with chicken wire, clay pottery and copper. Diana comes to life with foxwood, her hair made from African moss. The B&B grounds also include a xeriscaped esplanade, sunflowers, stepping stones, succulents, a low ledge of white lilies, a bog, and a spiral garden best viewed from atop the inn’s spiral staircase.
The tour also features two West Glenwood venues, the Glenwood Springs Community Garden, now in its sixth season, and the residential garden of longtime Glenwood residents Tillie and Rolly Fischer.
“You will see their rose garden,” Hawkins said. “Tillie’s favorite rose is ‘April in Paris.’ While viewing the roses, help the Fischers name their unnamed rose.”
Three spots up Four Mile Road, including Hawkins’ five-and-a-half-acre Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast, are also showcased on the tour. Four Mile B&B features organically grown perennials, annuals, fruit bearing plants and herbs, edible flowers, garden art and found objects.
Points of interest on the tour include Art on 8th, a fine-craft gallery and weaving studio, and the Memorial Garden and Fence in Centennial Park and Frontier Historical Museum garden, both partially funded by the Glenwood Springs Garden Club.
“I think everyone going on the tour will see plants that they will want to try in their gardens. Also they’ll learn new techniques that work for growing plants in the Glenwood area,” Hawkins said.
Ticket proceeds from Saturday’s tour help the Garden Club fund civic garden projects, and are $10 in advance and $15 day of tour. Advanced sales are available from Garden Club members, Eagle Crest Nursery and www.eventbrite.com.
The Glenwood Springs Garden Club is the oldest continuous club in the city, established in 1931, and meets the second Wednesday of every month, except January and February. The group is active in community activities and gardening initiatives.