Club's annual garden tour slated Saturday

July 10, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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Gardens, such as this one in Graham Park in Cranberry Township, will be on display during a garden tour next weekend.

CRANBERRY TWP — Hours of meticulous work and attention to detail will be on display this weekend as the Southern Butler County Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour.

The 11th annual event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, aims to show off pristine gardens curated by township residents, and inspire others to become involved in creating their own gardens.

One of those gardens, maintained by Barbara and Ray Smaltz of Crystal Springs Drive, took what was once a heavily wooded area and turned it into a natural oasis.

After years of leaving the wooded backyard area as-is, the couple decided to try something different with the landscaping. Not wanting to simply plant grass that needed to be maintained each week, the couple opted to plant a flower garden. They knocked down the overgrowth and installed a gravel walking path with small islands of gardens throughout.

However, the Smaltzs were owners of two large dogs who would often pounce through the flowers, forcing a change of strategy.

The duo placed barn stone and brick planters, and over time added different types and styles of decorative pots. River rock and gravel was added until the entire area was covered, and a pergola was added to create an outdoor seating area.

“We view our outdoor area as an extension of our indoor living space,” the couple said. “The garden is and always be a work in progress.”

Registration and day of ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center lobby. After paying the $25 fee, participants will be given a booklet with garden descriptions and driving directions. Tickets will also be collected for a door prize, including several “Gardener's Delight” raffle baskets.

The cost of the ticket helps to fund local horticultural programs.

Gardens, such as this one in Graham Park in Cranberry Township, will be on display when the Southern Butler County Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.J.W. Johnson Jr./CRANBERRY EAGLE


WHAT: Southern Butler County Garden Club's annual garden tour.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Tour starts at Cranberry Township Municipal Center lobby

TICKETS: $25 per person

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.