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Garden Walk scheduled for June 22
June 19, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Mary Winn and Becki Thomlison are co-chairs of this year’s Garden Walk.

Now in its 22nd year, The Garden Walk is a great opportunity for the public to see how their neighbors have landscaped their homes and also support Theatre West.

Judy Chaloupka, who started the Theatre West summer reparatory program 25 years ago, thought a Garden Walk would be a great idea to support the program. And it’s grown into their major fundraising program during the summer.

This year’s co-chairs are Mary Winn and Becki Thomlison, both of Gering. Becki’s home was featured in one of the event’s early years.

“It’s grown a lot over the years,” Becki said. “One of the years when we were on the Garden Walk, we had more than 300 people visit.”

During the summer months, Garden Walk members watch for Golden Spade winners, listen to recommendations and look at yards that might work for next year’s event.

The 2014 Garden Walk is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The self-guided tour showcases six homes in Scottsbluff and Gering.

“There are large yards, small yards and unique yards so people can get ideas for their own landscaping projects,” Becki said. “We’re looking for yards where the homeowners have done most of the work themselves. That way, they can share their experience with visitors.”

Garden Walk tickets are available at Total Landscape Concepts, ABC Nursery and the Emporium in Scottsbluff, Gering Garden Center and Great Gardens in Torrington, Wyo. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on Sunday at the garden sites.

Included with tickets is a map showing all the garden sites, so people can start and end their tour where they choose.

Tickets also contain seven forms for prize drawings and people can deposit their entries at any of the garden sites. Some of the prizeS include a Fairy Garden, gift cards and baskets and rose food. The ticket also includes a $5 coupon for lunch at the Emporium.

“People love the Garden Walk,” Mary said. “People who enjoy gardening are always looking forward to the event.”

Also, the event is popular with the garden centers because they can find out what people like, from plants to lawn ornaments – and they can order more of what people want. One example is yard art, which wasn’t very popular 15 years ago, but has made a big comeback in recent years.

“Everyone has their own unique style of decorating their yards,” Becki said. “A lot of men are now coming on the Garden Walk to get ideas for sheds, fences and man cave ideas.”

Scottsbluff residences featured in this year’s Garden Walk are the homes of Ryan and Tracie Barrett, Karen Helling and Jim and Deb Smith. Featured Gering homes are Roger and Ruth Beitel, Tom and Mary Winn and Paul and Jana Richard.

Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Roger and Ruth Beitel of Gering are one of the stops on this year’s Garden Walk tour to support Theatre West. The Winn home is also one of the stops on this year’s walk.
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