Now, this is natural beauty.

Now, this is natural beauty.

Locals with green thumbs might enjoy knowing there is a garden tour approaching that will feature 10 spots of beauty in Carthage. The first Flower and Vegetable Garden Tour is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16; stopping with Susan Knost, Rollins Creek, Mel and Julie Anderson, Bob Locarni, Mark and Wendy Jenny, Bill and Libby Wilson, Michael and Cathy Thompson, Don and Gloria LaFerla, Steve Erwin and Sherry Russow, and the Grace Episcopal Church. Proceeds from this event will benefit the church's garden, which is free and open to the Carthage community.

“We're hoping this event will grow like the garden at the church,” Russow said. “This is a great opportunity to see many unique gardens – they're all wonderful – And the garden at the church is just awesome, and Steve Wilson and Larry Hartman's ideas will only make it better.”

Russow's plant life, at 1100 Olive St., is inspired by her grandmother, Cleoma Kollmeyer, who passed away about five years ago. The home's property is by Russow's design, and Erwin's “obsession,” as he calls it. Every square inch of the property is used to display Mother Nature's splendor; the backyard alone has an eating area, conversation area, “man area,” vegetable garden (with a variety of a farmer's market) and flowers galore.

“This is my heaven,” Erwin said, gesturing toward the backyard. “There's a lot to take in … I think the tour is a fantastic idea. If you get one thing from someone's garden, it's worth it.”

Tickets for the tour are $10.

Stops Include:
Susan Knost – 2111 E. Chestnut
Rollins Creek – Buena Vista
Mel and Julie Anderson – 1131 Belle Air Pl.
Bob Locarni – 734 Belle Air Ave.
Mark and Wendy Jenny – 1512 Grand Ave.
Bill and Libby Wilson – 1701 W. Fairview
Michael and Cathy Thompson – 16464 Heartland Ln.
Don and Gloria LaFerla – 902 Quail Run
Steve Erwin and Sherry Russow – 1100 Olive St.
Grace Episcopal Church – 820 Howard St.