A healthy dumping of rain last Saturday made for bright and brilliant flowers on Sunday as locals and visitors alike strolled through a selection of personal and commercial gardens in the Homer area. The bees also had plenty to be happy about.
It’s part of a two-day event called the Gardeners’ Weekend hosted by the Homer Garden Club. Now in its 13th year, the event features not only leisurely tours of some of Homer’s largest and most impressive gardens (both floral and produce-oriented), but also a keynote speaker.
This year’s speaker was Fergus Garrett, who is the head gardener of England’s Great Dixter. After listening to him on Saturday at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center, garden buffs were able to take to the streets, or, rather, the flower beds, to tour five gardens in Homer and the surrounding area.
From East End Road to the hills above the west end of town, the gardens did not disappoint, aided greatly by the sunny, cooperative weather.
Visitors toured the gardens, examining different flower varieties and growing techniques. They also had the chance to talk with the owners of each garden to ask questions.