If you're still planting your own garden and looking for some ideas or simply want to "stop and smell the roses," be sure to check out the 2017 Flower and Garden Tour this weekend in Newton, sponsored by the Second Century Library Foundation and benefitting the Newton Public Library.
Enjoy the view
Area gardens to be featured on this year's tour include those of local residents Charlie Robinson and Rich Stinnett, Cathy Edwards, Bev McGee and Harry Kasitz, as well as the J.J. Krehbiel Memorial Park at Carriage Factory Art Gallery.
Pick up some tips
Two of the gardens to be featured (of Edwards and McGee) are those of Harvey County Master Gardeners and additional Master Gardeners will be available during the tour to share some of their knowledge and answer questions. At McGee's home, fellow Master Gardner Jeanne Strauss will be on hand Sunday to to discuss straw bale gardening — an easy and thrifty way to grow vegetables and herbs above ground.
See the art
With the J.J. Krehbiel Memorial Park on the tour this year, visitors will get the chance to see some additional art at Carriage Factory, with gnome gardens and painted rocks on display specifically for the tour, as well as the gallery's current exhibits — "Splash" and the art of Vernon Rickman. Entertainment will be provided by the Newton Ukulele Tunes Society, while the Salted Creamery ice cream cart will also be on hand during the tour.
If you go:
Where: Newton (various locations).
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday.
How much: Admission and brochures will be offered for a suggested $8 donation both at NPL (720 N. Oak) and at the gardens during tour times. For more information about the tour, visit www.newtonplks.org or call 316-283-2890.