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Participation in Master Gardener tour rewarding (video)

By Sonny Long
Oct. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

Linda Elmore looks at one of the banana plants she has growing in the garden behind her house Wednesday. Elmore said her favorite activity in her garden is pruning the plants because she finds it therapeutic.

GARDEN SUGGESTION

If you are interested in suggesting a garden that should be featured in the April 2014 Victoria County Master Gardener Association Spring Tour, contact the organization at contact@vcmga.org or info@vcmga.org. Include your address and telephone number. Deadline is Nov. 15.

Linda Elmore finds solace in her Victoria garden.

"I'm a farmer at heart," said the Victoria native. "I love digging in the dirt. What can I say?

"Pruning is my favorite activity. It gets a lot of frustrations out."

Linda and her husband, John Elmore, have maintained the garden in the 400 block of Roseland Ave. for about 23 years.

The garden features a wide variety of trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers.

Linda Elmore admits she likes to experiment with different plants and flowers and moves them around from time to time.

"I have no idea how many different varieties I have," she said.

John Elmore spends his gardening time on the vegetables in the back part of the multilevel garden.

He grows peas, tomatoes, carrots, mustard greens and cauliflower and has lemon, orange, banana and olive trees.

The Elmores' garden was featured in the 2012 Victoria County Master Gardener fall tour.

"It was a nice experience. It is good for Victoria. The people that came through were very nice," Elmore said.

"One of the fun things about doing the Master Gardener program is when the people showed up, they appreciated the garden."

Garden Tour Chairwoman Debbie Krueger said suggestions for the spring tour are now being accepted.

"We want people to suggest gardens they think are outstanding," she said.

Consideration is given to a variety of elements in a garden, including the homeowner's activity in plant selection and maintenance and the variety of plants and backyard landscape among others.

One of the more unusual attractions in the Elmores' garden is a large sculpture of a pig, "Hortinsia Beauty," by artist Walt Horton. It is visible from Vine Street.

"She attracts a lot of attention," Elmore said.

In addition to the therapeutic nature of working in the garden, Elmore admits she gets something else out of spending time in her garden.

"I do a lot of reflecting on my soul and on God's world. It's a time to think," she said.

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