Gardens of Beauty
Sage & Snow Garden Club
August 17, 2018
Garden of Beauty: August 10, 2018 – Denise and Kelly Tegeler
Denise and Kelly Tegeler on Skyview Drive near Pinedale are this week’s Garden of Beauty winners. Their charming gardens are designed with artistic flair and include interesting yard art. The "Grandio" greenhouse abounds with tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, lettuce, and huge marigolds. To combat an aphid infestation, Denise successfully let a bag full of ladybugs loose in the greenhouse, and they cleaned the plants overnight. A neat and tidy outdoor garden is filled with a combination of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, many varieties of herbs, peas, potatoes, carrots, salad greens, and even an artichoke. There are beautiful flowers all over the yard, including verbena, petunias, snapdragons, bachelor buttons, creeping thyme, and many colors of lilies, all of which are food for their bees. The Tegelers claim to be new gardeners, but the sophistication of their gardens defies that notion.
Garden of Beauty: August 3, 2018 – Jennifer and Linda Hayward
The Hayward families, on the Horse Creek/Merna Road, have earned this week’s Garden of Beauty Award. Jennifer and Linda share the responsibilities and the bounty of their extensive vegetable gardens. Linda produces tomatoes and green beans in an attached greenhouse, as well as salad greens, carrots, beets, peas, and potatoes in a large outdoor garden. Jennifer’s expansive hoop house is brimming with self-pollinating cucumbers and summer squash; an heirloom winter squash; asparagus; herbs; cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli; Swiss chard and kale; corn; carrots, beets, and potatoes; and salad greens. The Hayward families will soon begin canning several quarts of pickled beets with their bumper crop of beets. In the never-ending quest to improve her gardening skills, Jennifer has plans to experiment with cover crops and other soil-enhancing practices in her hoop house beds, which are a mixture of native soil and horse manure. Like all gardeners, the Haywards enjoy the vegetables and flowers they raise, but they also acknowledge that gardening is good for the heart and soul.
Garden of Beauty: July 27, 2018 – Lesta Erickson and Mim Davison
Lesta Erickson, 43 McLoughlin, near Pinedale, is this week’s recipient of the Sage and Snow Garden of Beauty Award. Together with her mother, Miriam "Mim" Davison, they grow just about every flower that has successfully been grown in Sublette County. Lesta specializes in many colors of lilies, both Oriental and daylilies. Mim also grows giant "tree lilies" in her gardens. The lilies are complemented with purple and pink salvia, delphiniums, and penstemon. Lesta artfully arranges her flower gardens with rocks, gnomes, and other garden art. Mim’s beautiful flower gardens have received Sage and Snow Garden of Beauty Awards in the past. Their combined knowledge of growing flowers in our challenging environment is impressive and the results are memorable.