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Merion Village Garden Tour Takes Place Today

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The 11th Annual Merion Village Garden Tour takes place today from 10am through 4pm. Additionally, 2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Merion Village Association, which produces the event and contributes a variety of other services and events to this south side neighborhood.

The 10 gardens featured on this year’s tour range from the large, expansive spaces to smaller, more intimate patios.

Ken Jenkins, a homeowner who’s garden is features on this year’s tour, describes his space as “a newly planted mixed-use attempt at creating our own patio oasis, which includes a water feature, herb container garden and a small vegetable garden along with potted annual flowers and landscape bedding.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Sarah Miller’s garden is much less formal.

“It is an undisciplined succession of full blown perennials,” she explained. “It’s a rambunctious mix of ‘survivial of the fittest’, which to maintain by July is quite a feat!”

Some of the Inspiration for these backyard gardens come from all over the country.

“I am influenced by many public and private gardens,” said Jim Chakeres, who’s garden is also featured this year. “When I travel, I always try to stop at great gardens across the Unites States. We are lucky to have Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus for inspiration. I look at the large gardens and see how I can incorporate the ideas into my small space.”

Merion Village is located immediately south and east of German Village, approximately two miles south of Downtown Columbus.

“Our neighborhood is a mix of older, renovated homes with a few sprinklings of newer built homes and condos that fit nicely into it,” said Ken Jenkins. “We have a great mix of urban residents from all walks of life which is one of the reasons we love living in Merion Village.  We also love the convenience of downtown life being within walking distance to Schiller Park and German Village restaurants.”

“The tour is a great opportunity to visit many interesting gardens and people,” added Jim Chakeres. “Perhaps you will take an idea or two home to incorporate into your garden. Inspiration is in the eye of the beholder.”

More information can be found at merionvillage.org/iMerion/mv-garden-tour-2010/.

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