he 11th annual Lewiston-Auburn Area Garden Tour on July 16 will include seven gardens and include special events in each. There will be gardening and landscaping tips from a professional landscaper, prose reading, musicians, singers and artists.

n Lake Andrews at Bates College, affectionately referred to as the “Bates Pond” by locals, was first landscaped in the 1940s. Wetland species and drifts of ornamental grasses and wildflowers were combined to suggest a natural setting. A walkway around the lake and a new granite amphitheater were also developed.

The garden boasts 15 varieties of trees including native red oak and white pine, 30 different shrubs including native buttonbush, sheep laurel, and bearberry, and 30 varieties of perennials including joe pye week, blue flag iris, and cinnamon fern.

The lake is surrounded by granite seating areas, making it a great spot to picnic on the day of the tour.

n The landscaping of Scot and Jody Jalbert’s garden in Lewiston features a pond and stream with an informal retaining stone wall and walkways. A large rock sitting area serves as a relaxation spot in the garden. The Jalberts have incorporated plants that provide their garden with multiple blooming times and many different foliage colors and textures.

Irises, dogwood, sedum, bellflowers, hydrangeas, and rhododendron, as well as weeping trees including a weeping catsora, are all part of this eclectic garden of uncommon plants, trees and shrubs.

n The gardens of Diane and Mario Gendron of Greene are set around a 5.5-acre farmhouse. A front circular driveway surrounds a large planting area filled with magnolias, pink lamium, heuchera, and hydrangea. Two ponds have been developed, with plantings such as sundrops, peace lilies, yarrow, geraniums, and rhubarb. A footbridge and miniature lighthouse have been added, along with seating areas for resting and reflecting. Gardens and a homemade fountain situated against the house are home to wild blue and white violets, irises, stargazer lilies, ivy, burdock, sedum, and lungwort.

Hosta, peonies, yarrow, spider warts, lady’s mantles and silver mounds round out the collection.

n The Auburn gardens of Diane and George Estabrook were inspired by a cut flower garden which adorned a home they once rented in Kingfield. A granite wall around the perimeter of the property features fairy roses, dahlias and daylilies. Areas of forsythia, phlox, and lamb’s ear dot the property, along with hydrangeas, clematis, and bridal bush. A rock wall has been recently added.

n Cyndy Bell’s Auburn garden, on the tour many years ago, includes a 100-foot rock wall which serves as background to a small pond with perennials such as hosta, lupine, columbine, lilies, and irises. Several individual beds make for garden “rooms” which lend themselves to places for sitting, relaxing, and listening to the sounds of a waterfall. Shrubs, including magnolias, rose of Sharon, and azaleas help anchor the gardens. Various annuals in pots dot the garden for slashes of color when perennials aren’t in bloom. The garden is also accented with figurines of little girls.

n The Memorial Courtyard Garden at Lewiston High School will once again serve as the unofficial starting point of the Tour. Tickets will be on sale there on the day of the tour and the garden will be open to visitors to enjoy the trees, shrubs, and many varieties of perennials which have been planted to bring color and beauty to all four seasons. More than 150 Asiatic lilies and many varieties of daylilies were added in 2004, and comfortable benches make the courtyard a lovely space in which to relax and enjoy a quiet moment.

The event will from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased at KeyBank locations in Lewiston-Auburn, at Provencher’s Landscape and Nursery and at Mr. Paperback in Lewiston; at Roak the Florist and the Ivy Cottage in Auburn, and at Shaw’s and Hannaford stores in Lewiston-Auburn. For more information, contact the Maine Music Society at 782-1403 or visit its Web site at www.mainemusicsociety.org.

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