Pence Gallery Garden Tour, Part One:
Last Sunday marked the 19th Annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Nine gardens in the South Davis neighborhoods of Oakshade and Willowbank were featured. The tour is always self-guided, and many attendees were seen walking or biking from garden to garden. While visiting each garden, guests were able to observe local artists painting. The works created during the tour will be displayed and available for purchase at the Pence Gallery from May 18th thru June 18th. A Silent Auction and a family craft project geared towards younger children created extra fun during Sunday’s event.
One of the nine gardens was not at a residence, but an undeveloped lot owned by Mr. and Mrs. W. Taylor on Oakside Drive. The owners of the lot gave Pat Alfors permission to cultivate the land. She has been tending flowers, vegetables and fruit for years here. Pat enjoys this open style of gardening, and working the land filled her need to “dig in the dirt and grow things”. In earlier years Pat’s late husband, John Alfors, gardened with her. He grew and donated loads of vegetables to Community Meals. Pat will be moving this July and the fate of the garden is in question. Perhaps I may be so bold as to suggest the Davis Farm to School Connection get in touch with the land owners and see if there could be a collaboration between the two?
Look for future Welcome Home Blogs featuring this year’s gardens from the Pence Gallery Garden Tour. If you would like to feature your garden or outdoor room design, please contact me. I’d love to share your gardening passion and love for the outdoors with our Davis Life readers!
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