Ripon Gar­den Club Hosts An­nual Stroll

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Crisp morn­ings and cool­ing Delta breezes help us feel like fall is in the air. And that means only one thing – the Ripon Gar­den Club’s an­nual Septem­ber Stroll is right around the cor­ner.

On Satur­day, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ripon Gar­den Club has once again se­lected some fab­u­lous gar­dens in Ripon to show­case to the pub­lic. En­joy re­fresh­ments, a silent auc­tion, and a chance to win one of dozens of prizes at a draw­ing lo­cated at one of the gar­dens.

Six gar­dens are fea­tured this year lo­cated through­out the city. Yards fea­ture in­ti­mate eat­ing ar­eas, ar­eas for fam­ily fun, land­scap­ing with a pool, ed­i­ble de­lights, and old fash­ioned coun­try gar­dens. Drought tol­er­ant land­scap­ing is high­lighted in sev­eral yards, show­ing us how to be wa­ter wise with­out be­ing bor­ing.

Two gar­dens lo­cated in the Spring Creek neigh­bor­hood have ben­e­fited from ex­ten­sive “re-dos”. A gi­ant pep­per tree (com­plete with mul­ti­ple bees hives) was re­moved in one yard to open up the space for en­ter­tain­ing. Now four grand­chil­dren cre­ate the buzz dur­ing lively pool par­ties. An­other home fea­tures all the ac­tiv­i­ties a young, ac­tive fam­ily could want, from a pool and spa to a game area for ping pong and corn hole. A fire pit is per­fect for roast­ing marsh­mal­lows after the sun goes down.

In the mid­dle of town is a lovely Arts and Craft style home built in 1923, com­plete with a barn and other out build­ings. A bub­bling rock stream, hand crafted by the owner, com­pletely masks any street noise. Be sure to check out the flower “bed” in an old iron bed frame.

The other side of town is the lo­ca­tion for the re­main­ing three homes. A large yard en­tices one home­owner to host mul­ti­ple par­ties through­out the year, in­clud­ing an an­nual Cinco de Mayo cel­e­bra­tion and a Hal­loween haunted McMan­sion. Pot­tery through­out this yard con­trib­utes to the sense of fun with a riot of color and tex­ture.

The re­main­ing two homes are lo­cated across from each other, but they couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent. One is a sleekly mod­ern de­sign with a Jacuzzi, pool, and raised fire pit. Olive bushes across the back add tex­tu­ral in­ter­est as well as pri­vacy. A young fam­ily lives here and large fam­ily gather­ings are a con­stant pri­or­ity. Cross­ing the street, a for­mal en­trance with a dry creek bed, an olive tree and Spring Grove trees beckon you to take a closer look. The back­yard is in­ten­sively land­scaped, with spa­ces for grow­ing suc­cu­lents, flow­ers, herbs, and veg­eta­bles. Be sure you see the mile signs, a gift from their son, high­light­ing their trav­els. The garage area in this house will host the re­fresh­ments, draw­ing, and silent auc­tion.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults, and $10 for chil­dren un­der 12. No strollers, please.

Buy tick­ets in Ripon at Schemper’s Ace Hard­ware, Parks Green­house Nurs­ery, and Sil­ver­ado Nurs­ery. In Man­teca, New Buds Nurs­ery and Rain For­est Nurs­ery carry tick­ets. In Escalon, buy at P & L Nurs­ery; in River­bank, at Mor­ris Nurs­ery; in Modesto, at Wes­turf Nurs­ery; and in Tur­lock at The Green­ery.

Gar­den Tour pro­ceeds are re­turned to the Ripon com­mu­nity through col­lege schol­ar­ships, el­e­men­tary school gar­dens, Ripon down­town planters, and the but­ter­fly gar­den at Stouf­fer Park. Art­work on the cover of this year’s ticket was done by Chloe Kiser, a stu­dent at Ripon High School.

At­ten­dees are ad­vised to wear com­fort­able walk­ing shoes for strolling on un­even ter­rain.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

A tour of mul­ti­ple gar­dens in the Ripon area will in­clude ev­ery­thing from back­yard pools to dec­o­ra­tive hedges and more, with the ‘stroll’ set for Satur­day, Sept. 8.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Join in to en­joy the Ripon Gar­den Club’s an­nual Septem­ber Stroll on Satur­day, Sept. 8, when at­ten­dees will visit some fab­u­lous gar­dens around the Ripon area.

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