Being a member of the Shady Oaks Garden Club is no small feat.
As a federated club, existing in the Johnson City area for decades , members and their organization as a whole are required to complete certain specifications in order to keep their prized designation.
“Being part of the club, you’re supposed to contribute to the community in both gardening and in design, too,” said Heather Bagnell, SOGC member and garden tour coordinator. “This particular club has over the years done a lot of beautification projects in Johnson City.”
Some of those projects have included work at Hands On! Regional Museum, the Johnson City Area Arts Council and working with The Salvation Army’s Flowers of Hope, Bagnell said.
Members are also required to host a flower show every two years and then on the alternating years a garden tour, which is scheduled this year on June 8 from 10 a.m.. to 2 p.m.
With seven different tour destinations, Bagnell said this year’s Boundless Gardens of Johnson City tour offers a little bit of everything. “There’s one garden where if you’re hating to mow grass … this garden is really almost completely planted. There’s one little tiny, basically four-by-four patch of grass, but the rest of the garden –– front and back –– is planted,” she said. “It’s the most beautiful garden. It’s got a natural stream running in the back and it’s in an older part of town.”
She said some other stops on the tour include a visit to a condominium garden association, a set of three gardens in somewhat of a shared landscape and formal garden that uses natural runoff from the land to irrigate.
Bagnell said the exact locations of six of the gardens are reserved only to ticket holders, so that the garden owners can maintain privacy.The seventh garden in the tour is located at Girls Inc., 227 Library Lane in Johnson City.
She said beyond viewing the native flowers at the Girls Inc. location, a plant sale and refreshments will also be available to tour participants.
Tickets for the garden tour are $10 per participant and each participant will receive complimentary gardening gloves when they either purchase or turn in their tickets at the Girls Inc. location. Tickets can be purchased either at Girls Inc. or by contacting a member of the Shady Oaks Gardening Club.
In case of heavy rain on the day of the tour, the event will be rescheduled for June 9.
For more information on Shady Oaks Garden Club, the garden tour or tour tickets, call Bagnell at 929-2267.