Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

August 5, 2012

Secret Gardens

BLUEFIELD —

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Stop and smell the roses. That is what the Bluefield Beautification Commission hopes residents will do during Through the Garden Gate, a tour of some of the most-beloved gardens in Bluefield on Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour at Bland Street Methodist Church. Gail Satterfield, chairman of the committee, said there will also be a garden bazaar with vendors at the church and a chance to view the Brad Jackson Prayer Garden.

 Participants will be given a map and can tour the gardens at their leisure starting at 2 p.m., Satterfield said. The event will end with a garden party with live entertainment and complimentary wine, beer, lemonade and hors d’oeuvres at the home of David Hardin and Terry Whittington at 618 Mountain View Avenue.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at all Grants Supermarkets locations, Paper & More, Goodykoontz Drug Store, the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A rain date is scheduled for Aug. 12. Proceeds will benefit the Bluefield Beautification Commission. For more information, visit www.beautifulbluefield.com.



1. 1339 Liberty Street

This Bluefield resident’s garden features a gazebo, an arbor and a unique garden fountain. Flowers, both perennial and annual, can be found throughout the residence, including borders, window boxes and more. An outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace, highlighted with gas lamps, make this residence the perfect place for outdoor evenings in Bluefield.

2. 2045 Maryland Avenue

Owned by Junior and Mary Jane Ammar, this property features a terrace with custom iron work. A gazebo and traditional arbor are filled with grape vines, wisteria, white pine and hemlock. The Ammars have planted plenty of trees, shrubbery and bedding plants, including Magnolia and Crepe myrtle. There are also plenty of fresh vegetables in the garden. Finally, the landscape is complete with a water feature and private tennis courts in the back of the property.

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