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Growing: Friends of Library garden tour in its third year

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by SARAH BROWN)
Neighbors Barb Bruce, left, and Mindy Dresback take a break from preparing their yards for Friends of the Library garden walk.

Friends of the Library is hosting its third annual garden walk tour 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The garden tour, which consists of two home gardens and three businesses, is a self-paced tour for residents to gain ideas and find some new additions for their own home garden.

New this year

This year’s tour welcomes She-Nae’s, 311 W. Montgomery St., which sells rescued and renewed decor for home and garden.

She-Nae’s, is locally owned and operated by Rene Foster of Creston and Sheila O’Riley of Lenox. They select previously-used items that have been transformed with new look and finish. In addition to their own creations of garden art, upcycled furniture and repurposed decor, She-Nae’s carries creations from other local vendors, as well.

New to the tour this year, O’Riley will offer a do-it-yourself lesson in garden art at 1 p.m. and demonstrate no-till gardening at 3 p.m.

Tended with care

The work of urban gardener Lauri Long is on display at Iowa State Savings Bank, 401 W. Adams St.

“Lauri has worked very hard,” said Kay Raymond, who serves as president of the Creston Friends of the Library board.

The ISSB garden, which Raymond describes as an “oasis” with “the charm of an old fashioned garden,” was inspired by the look of a traditional Victorian cottage garden.

The garden is described to have a variety of unusual and unexpected “pops of color” among the elephant ears and sweet potato vines.

All plants used by Long at ISSB have been purchased from Kelly’s Flowers and Gifts and Garden Center, 911 N Sumner Ave.

Neighbors Barb Bruce and Mindy Dresback, 200 and 205 S. Park St., respectively, shared some of their gardening secrets.

“I aim for anything that creates a little shade,” said Bruce.

Bruce’s yard is finely manicured and features Weeping Norwegian Spruce trees and a number of seating areas, such as a gazebo and swing, which sits next to a fire place.

Dresback said she has always had a nice garden, just “not a nice wall.”

“When Barb asked me to be on this tour, I thought I wouldn’t be able to get it (the wall) done,” said Dresback.

Dresback’s husband Rick conquered the project of building of a new retaining wall with the help of a friend Tim Hood and neighbor Ron Bruce.

Dresback said she really liked the look and price of her new retaining wall, which is made of reinforced wood.

In addition to colorful blooms, Dresback’s garden is sprinkled with garden art and the sound of a water fountain can be heard.

Both Dresback and Bruce said they often spend time visiting in their yards while enjoying their panoramic view of McKinley Lake and Park.

Savta’s Greenhouse

Savta’s Greenhouse, 1433 Highway 34, will be selling perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables.

Opened May 2012 by Angela Coke of Creston and Janice Warren of Afton, Savta’s mission is to provide strong, vibrant and healthy plants at the best prices and teach people how to cook with their own produce and herbs.


Raymond said each home garden and business on the Friends of the Library garden walk tour was selected for its unique offerings, passion and knowledge.

Tour tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Gibson Memorial Library, Upper Crust Bakery, Savta’s Greenhouse and She-Nae’s.

Additionally, tickets are available at Gibson Memorial Library for a chance to win a rain barrel donated by Innovative Industries, which is on display there. No purchase is necessary to enter.

For additional information, contact Raymond at

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