Nine gardens featured on the annual Grout Museum District Garden Tour | Local News

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WATERLOO – Whether bathed in sunshine or hidden in the shade of a gnarled redbud, Sandy and Dennis Hendrickson have spent decades transforming their Cedar Falls property into a gardener’s paradise.

Balloon flowers, daisies, asiatic and oriental lilies, sweet arugula, giant fleece flower, hostas, peonies, roses and clematis are just some of the plants and vines that thrive in their yard at 2118 Rownd St. Brick and yard walkways stones, garden sculptures, birdbaths and a Buddha add more visual interest.






Sandy and Denny Hendrickson’s garden will be featured on the Grout Museum Gardens Tour.


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“We have been gardening here for 35 years, even though we have lived here for 49 years. We started with gardens on the north and south sides of the house, then 15 years ago we bought the land to the east and I started other gardens,” Sandy said.

Hendrickson’s garden is one of nine featured on the Grout Museum’s annual garden tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 18. Other gardens on the tour include Mary and David Kabel, 2406 Sunset Blvd., Cedar Falls; and in Waterloo, Allaire and Warren George, 448 Loma St.; Marlys Elaine Matthews, 612 Home Park Blvd.; Ginny and Randy Platte, 3042 North Elk Run Road; Kathy and Mark Linda, 1151 Independence Avenue; and three gardens at Leland Avenue, Mary Potter, 113 and 207 Leland Ave.; and Linda Havertape, 203 Leland Ave.

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Tickets are $12 each; children 12 and under are free. Registration is required at www.groutmuseumdistrict.org. Proceeds will be used for upkeep and upkeep of historic homes in the neighborhood.







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Mark and Kathy Linda’s garden will be featured on the Grout Museum Gardens Tour.


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“Our garden is a garden in transition,” said Kathy Linda. “We’re switching to natural pollinators” to support insects, birds, and animals native to Iowa. About four years ago, the couple began replacing lawns with gardens. Naturalistic plantings include native anemones, red clover and Virginia creeper mixed with heuchera and hostas, as well as woodland plants from Mark’s family farm near Riceville.

Kathy and Mark enjoy tinkering in the garden, but Mark’s projects include technical feats such as building a self-watering tomato container system. The result is deeply rooted and productive plants. “I like canning tomatoes,” he said.

Kabel’s garden features a changing landscape in an effort to blend into the wooded surroundings and enhance their home. The sculpted lawn slopes down to a dry natural stream and the driveway is formed with permeable pavers recommended by the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Platte’s garden has been voted “Iowa’s Prettiest Farm” by Our Iowa magazine and features petunias and begonias and more than 1,800 seed-grown impatiens potted in more than 350 planters. There are 220 varieties of perennials and hostas planted in several gardens on the property, as well as three water features.

Leland Avenue Gardens began 12 years ago when Linda Havertape moved into a house across from a house owned by Mary and Ron Potter and next to another house they own. When Linda started renovating her garden, Mary followed suit in both of her homes. All three properties feature perennials and annuals with weeping cherry trees and variegated willows. Mary is drawn to roses and marigolds, while Linda prefers daylilies, heuchera and alliums.

Matthews has lived on Home Park Boulevard for 30 years and his yard includes over 125 varieties of hostas and many other shade plants and ferns. Whipping mulberry and twisted hazel trees add structure, and Matthews creates a new island garden for the visit.

The George Garden has evolved over time and includes over 150 varieties of hostas, an espaliered apple tree and an area of ​​native wild plants with may apples.

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