Vicki and Tony Gosden's garden features many plants and flowers grown from seed. The couple also planted trees around their property to give it a lush look. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

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Get ready for garden envy

By From page B1 | May 16, 2012

Go green this weekend with a walk in some of the most beautiful gardens El Dorado Hills has to offer.

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents its Gardens of the Hills garden and art tour. This year six homeowners will graciously open their gardens to visitors, who will undoubtedly come away with some great ideas and a pang of jealousy, and local artists will have works on display in the gardens.

The event will also feature a raffle; buy a ticket or two and go home with great garden-related items.

Gardens of the Hills is a major fundraiser for the local Assistance League chapter. Money raised goes toward youth program, including Operation School Bell (shopping sprees for needy and homeless children), Sports Locker (sports equipment donations and sports programs scholarships) and Assault Survivor kits (bags containing items an assault survivor might need after leaving the hospital).

The Rock Garden
When Linda Klein moved into her home 12 years ago the landscape designer saw tons of potential but when she started digging she found tons of rocks.

Today, Klein’s garden features hand-built rock walls, hand-laid flagstone paths, heart-shaped rock accents and flowers galore.

“I like things to look real natural,” Klein said. “It’s not a manicured yard.”

Klein compared  her trips to local nurseries to kids’ trips to the candy store. She just can’t help herself. “I love flowers. I love fragrances.”

The raffle will be held at Klein’s garden.

The English Garden
Vicki and  Tony Gosden put in back-breaking work to transform their yard into a peaceful oasis.

“I do everything myself,” Vicki said, adding that Tony helps. “All the gardeners do is blow and mow.”

That self-done work included growing many flowers and bushes from seed and planting more flowers than one can imagine.

“I just like flowers and I like something that flowers for a long time,” Vicki said. “That’s the nice thing about gardening, you can see what you’ve done.”

The Lake View Garden
A green paradise overlooking Folsom Lake isn’t a bad place to spend your time.

Brigitte and Peter Apel spent the last three years transforming their yard (just a strip of grass and a steep slope when they moved in) into a calming garden with a beautiful view.

Brigitte described her garden as “lush, green and a little bit formal. It’s so green she said her husband sometimes complains about the lack of color. “And I say, ‘OK. I’ll go buy some more white flowers,” Brigitte said, chuckling.

The Apels yard also features yard art and a rose-covered arch brought over from their native Germany.

Event details
The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ Gardens of the Hills tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Ticket/maps are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The event is sponsored by Serrano, Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Pottery World and El Dorado Savings Bank.

Get your tickets at: El Dorado Hills — Pottery World, California Welcome Center, Pak Mail and Green Valley Nursery; Cameron Park/Shingle Springs — Caffé Santoro and El Dorado Nursery; Placerville — Café Luna, Flowers on Main and Camino Flower Shop; other locations — Pottery World in Rocklin, California Back Yard in Rancho Cordova, Green Acres in Folsom and Bushnell’s Nursery in Granite Bay.

For more information about the garden tour and the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills visit

Noel Stack


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