A Victorian House and Cottage Garden Tour will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 in Pierce City. The tour will start at Commercial Street and North Walnut Street at the bandstand and gazebo across from city hall.
The tour will include the following stops:
Garden #1 - One block north, at the corner of Washington and Walnut is the First Congregational Church (UCC) on the right. Foundation plantings and landscaping began in 2004 after the 2003 tornado. It was a gift of the late June Williams. The single blooming yellow rose at the church sign was planted shortly after the church was built in 1878.
Garden #2 - 503 N. Walnut, original home of the LLL Allens, a founder of the town. Jay and Betty Bierkortte have enjoyed their Victorian plantings for the past several years. The garden includes fountains, water gardens and daylilies.
Garden #3 - John and Carmen Archer's 1903 farmhouse and gardens at 801 N. Linzee Blvd. include random plantings. Some of the plant varieties date to the early 20th Century. Expect to see shade plants, herbs, butterfly beds, iris, daylilies, roses, annual beds and the recycled grand piano planter.
Garden #4 - When Perry and Maura Larkin Sparks built a house at the top of a hill on the north side of the old Larkin Farm (5343 Lawrence 2220 - old Powerline Road), they left a large part of the area open so they could develop a large garden with many interesting areas to visit. Luscious beds of perennials and roses are spaced about the property. The rose garden features a Victorian style trellis designed by the Sparks. Maura has added a bird-feeding sanctuary in memory of Perry.
Garden #5 - Jim and Evelyn Larkin live in the next house east at 2436 Lawrence 2220. They chose a sloping hillside covered with native trees. Check out the use of the flint rocks and let Jim tell you his windmill story. Lots of blackberries, too.
Admission to the garden tour is free.