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Sharing stories in the garden

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 11:49 a.m. CDT

Calling all gardening enthusiasts — Friends of the Library’s fourth annual garden walk is happening 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 14.

This year, four locations have been selected — residences of Margaret Wilkins, 501 Wyoming Ave.; Dana and Marilyn Larimore, 1204 W. Prairie St.; Martha Pine, 1207 Country Club Dr., #7 and She-Nae’s, 311 W. Montgomery St.

Each garden on the tour has it’s own unique story.

Pine, who lives in a condo, exercises her green thumb in a container garden located on her back patio. Among the lillies and hibiscus a “survivor” grows.

Pine is referring to a single red tulip, which was planted in her yard prior to her moving in to the condo in 2008.

However, after Creston’s 2012 tornado uprooted everything in her yard and damaged her house, she was sure everything was gone.

“With all the construction and new concrete, I thought it was gone,” Pine said.

When the tulip reappeared the following year, Pine said, “It just blew me away.”

“I call it my little survivor,” Pine said.

Garden Walk details

Tickets for Friends of the Library Garden Walk are $5 and can be purchased at Gibson Memorial Library, 200 W. Howard St., or at the garden sites the day of the tour.

Each ticket includes a drawing for a rain barrel donated by Innovative Industries and hand-painted by Lincoln United 4-H Club of Union County.

Additionally, She-Nae’s is offering a garden art workshop for $3 during the tour. Supplies will be provided to participants to paint and decorate a garden sign made from reclaimed wood lath.

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