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Photo by Larry RosengrenD’Anne and Steve Shaw in their garden at 955 Park St.

A garden of the month worth waiting for

The selection committee for the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month program has had its eye on D’Anne and Steve Shaw’s charming garden at 955 Park St. for a long time.

The first time we approached them, they said that the back yard was not ready for prime time. The next year, the giant incense cedar in the front yard was felled. The year after that, they were remodeling the house. Every year something happened because these homeowners are never idle.

Finally, the time has come: This is the July 2018 Garden of the Month.

The wedge-shaped garden is gorgeous, both front and back. D’Anne and Steve both love color and work hard, each averaging 10 hours per week despite their busy careers. They share responsibility for design and maintenance. They consider it a work in progress, continually making changes. The garden is entirely organic and is a designated pollinator garden. Don’t miss the Pollinator Garden tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15 (www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=17460). Host gardeners will welcome guests and answer questions on this self-guided tour. Pre-register online at ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. The cost is $15.

The Shaws were part of the tour last year but have made way for new gardens this year.

Steve reports that he was introduced to gardening as a child by his father, who taught him the value of hard work from an early age and gave him a deep appreciation for gardens. Three pretty Gingko trees were given to D’Anne in one-gallon pots a long time ago and she cared for them in the pots for years until settling on this property. You will see how much they have grown and thrived in the 18 years since being planted in the ground. The unusual round metal arbor in the corner of the front yard was made for them for their wedding.

Among the many beautiful flowering plants are roses, hydrangea, peonies, lilies, foxglove, columbine, ground orchids and dahlias. Walk or drive by to see how prettily these things and many others look together.

The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from April through September, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at aogardenclub@gmail.com. Check out the Club’s website at ashlandorgardenclub.wordpress.com or come to the meetings at 12:30 on the first Monday of the month, October through May, at the Community Center on Winburn Way.

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