Shade Garden area at the Weiskopf Garden
Head up north this weekend for Ogden Nature Center’s 5th Annual Garden Tour. The tour is located in North Ogden and Pleasant View, and visitors can make their way through nine unique gardens and an organic farm.
Linda Weiskopf has two gardens in the tour this year, her backyard garden and an organic produce garden. “My backyard is what I like to call slightly controlled chaos,” she says about her masses of perennials and native plants designed to blend into the hillside of Ben Lomond Mountain.
Organic garden at the Weiskopf Garden
“Everything at my home and farm is done organically, no pesticides, no chemicals. We sell the produce to local restaurants, and all the proceeds go to Canine Companions for Independence,” she says.
Native Hackberry Tree in the Butters Garden
Garden owners have been busy prepping their gardens for the tour. Craig Butters, a Pleasant View resident, says his garden is five years in the making and is excited to show off the final product. “I’m outside everyday pruning, trimming and planting. Everything in our yard, and even our house plans, were designed around our native hackberry tree,” he says. The Butters garden also boasts a rock tunnel, glass fire pit and unique Sheep Fescue front lawn designed for Utah's dry climate.
Rock Tunnel built into natural rock landscape at the Butters Garden
Each garden will host local artists, musicians and food vendors. Lucky Slice Pizza from Historic 25th Street will be making fresh pizza with vegetables from the Canine Companions for Independence Organic Farm. The Joyful Strings quartet will be playing in the Grassli Garden, and local artists Ellen Fowers, Patricia Painter, Ken Beck and Kris Starkey will be displaying and selling their art and select gardens.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Ogden Nature Center. Tickets are $15 for Ogden Nature Center members, $20 for non-members and can be purchased online or at the gardens the day of the event. The Garden Tour is presented by The Ardent Gardner Landscape Design. For more information or to buy tickets visit ogdennaturecenter.org.
Butters Garden with rock scape and Sheep Fescue lawn designed for Utah's dry climate