CULTIVATING BEAUTY IN NATURE: Walk to highlight local gardens

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Master Gardeners will hold its annual garden walk Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tickets are $7 and are available from the following:Until June 27, Whitley County Extension Office, or a Master GardenerOn June 28, at participating gardens, and at Zion Lutheran Church across from the Dairy Queen.Garden #1 is owned by Mark and Jo Overdeer, and is located at 3363 E. Cider Mill Rd., in Columbia City.The Overdeer’s yard is described as “nicely trimmed.” However, the back yard yields many surprises, according to Master Gardeners. The Overdeer’s built their home in 1995, and have been working continuously on the yard since then. There is a “secret garden” located behind a gated, tall fence. Those on the tour should take notice of the herb garden and the moss rose blooming between the flag stone. Unique furnishings and garden art offer a peaceful setting in the outdoor living area. A vegetable garden is located in the backyard. The Overdeers have some unique ways of growing their zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. The couple cans vegetables that are grown in the garden. Back by the vegetable garden, is a “thinking spot”and allows them to have some quiet time to think or meditate. “Mark mows the grass, trims the bushes, and maintains the vegetable garden, while Jo takes care of the flowers,” said Garden Walk coordinators, “Visitors will certainly admire this creative and unique way of designing a patio and laying out a vegetable garden.”Other gardens featured on the walk include:Garden #2: 366 N. CR 150 E., Columbia CityGarden #3: 305 N. Whitley St., Columbia City Garden #4: 106 E. Jefferson St., Columbia City Garden #5: 111 E. Jackson St., Columbia City Garden #6: 910 W. Dogwood Dr., Columbia CityGarden #7: 972 W. Dogwood Dr., Columbia City