Francie Roberts’ “Everything Garden” on Mountainview Drive in Homer, Alaska includes flower beds, fountains, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Francie Roberts’ “Everything Garden” on Mountainview Drive in Homer, Alaska includes flower beds, fountains, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Gardens glow in annual tour

Despite a forecast of clouds and rain, the sun shined Sunday on the Homer Garden Club’s 12 annual Homer Garden Tour.

The tour featured five homes ranging from Francie Roberts’ in-town oasis to the sprawling, finely crafted farm and artist studio of Jeff and Ranja Dean.

With gardens both near sea-level and high on the hill, the tour offered a variety of microclimates.

All burst with explosions of color. Many incorporated artistic details, like Sara Reinert’s masks placed to provide interest in Roberts’ gardens or the art of the Dean family that turned simple structures like a chicken coop into a sculpture.

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Steps are incorporated into the rock garden at the Flip and Marguerite Felton home off East Hill Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Steps are incorporated into the rock garden at the Flip and Marguerite Felton home off East Hill Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Francie Roberts’ “Everything Garden” on Mountainview Drive in Homer, Alaska includes flower beds, fountains, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Francie Roberts’ “Everything Garden” on Mountainview Drive in Homer, Alaska includes flower beds, fountains, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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