Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 13, 2013

Bloom and beautiful

Ironton garden tour will benefit beautification project

Lee Ward
The Independent

IRONTON — In their enclosed back yard, Tom and Janie Smith grow more than enough vegetables for themselves. The excess they give away.

That is the bounty of their property. Although it’s not huge, every inch is made use of and for the things they need it used for.

Tri-State residents will have the chance to see for themselves during the fifth annual Over the Backyard Fence Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. June 23. The tour is a major fundraiser for Ironton in Bloom, which provides hanging baskets of plants, ornamental trees and other vegetation for the city’s downtown.

The self-guided tour starts at the Lawrence County Museum, where tickets, maps and refreshments will be available. Jan Wolfe, chairman of the tour, said fans provided by Weber’s Florist will be available for tourists. The museum is at 506 S. Sixth St.

The Smiths said the bought the house in 2004 and gutted it. To build the garage, which has a sheltered picnic area with a 7-foot-long swing, they had to remove three large trees.

“This was made when our grandchildren were toddlers,” Mrs. Smith said. “It was a play place for the kids and it’s maintenance free.”

In addition to the Smith’s house, the following will be included on the tour:

‰Tyler and Julie Walters at 1306 Navajo Trail.

The Walters’ back yard started with the pool that was there when they bought the house. Bit by bit, they added features including a covered wet bar with a surrounding counter, a sitting area around a built-in fireplace and a koi pond with a waterfall.

‰Lloyd and Rosemarie Kavanaugh at 1501 Florence Ave.

A carpenter, Mr. Kavanaugh built the house that has a patio with a fountain in front, and extended side yard and a deck off the kitchen with a spiral staircase that leads to a pool with multiple sitting, sunning and lounging areas.

‰Joe and Rhonda Hucker at 2101 N. Third.

‰Karen Marshall at 1638 N. Second St.

‰Bonnie Donahue at 1526 Thomas St.

The Community Garden started by Ironton in Bloom also will be on the tour, as will Weber’s Florist and downtown floral displays.

Tickets, which are $10, also are available at Weber’s Florist, Dick’s Music, Merle Norman/Ironton Hills and any Ironton in Bloom member.

Rain date is June 30.

The fifth annual Over the Backyard Fence Tour will be from 1 to 4 p.m. June 23. Tickets are $10. For more information, call Jan Wolfe at (740) 532-1030 or Judy Sanders at (740) 532-2954.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.