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Cascading water falls, terraced hillsides and a 50-tree bonsai forest are all featured in the Central Utah Health Care Foundation's second annual Hidden Garden Benefit Tour Friday, May 31, from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The private gardens, located in Alpine, American Fork, Cedar Hills, Highland, Lehi and Pleasant Grove, represent a wide variety of styles and gardening ideas, including ideas ranging from a xeric garden (planting for low-water-maintenance areas) to unique solutions for landscaping with open irrigation ditches.Garden selection for the event began last August with committee member Lyle Tregaskis checking on suggested gardens and doing some of his own "man-on-the street" investigating.

"I do a lot of driving around the streets seeking those gardens that have promise," Tregaskis said. "This year we have arboretum types with so many plants and variety of trees - the adventure is seeing them."

With this being a springtime tour, most of the gardens are featuring mainly perennials, Tregaskis said. For Stan and Lucile Kimball that can mean a beautiful garden and a lot of work.

The Kimballs' Highland garden features a three-level water fall, ponds, a gazebo and lots of flowers and trees, including Campdown elm, Little Leaf linden, Buck Thorn, Redbuds and other tree varieties. Flowers include hybrid iris, foxglove, delphinium, begonias and pansies. Other exotic varieties are also featured.

"We've been working on this garden for six years," Lucile Kimball said. "This is our first year to have the waterfalls running."

The backyard garden also features a raised vegetable garden with drip irrigation, a secluded play area for the Kimballs' seven children and several strawberry, blackberry and raspberry plants. The strawberries provide a lush ground cover.

"Virtually without exception, people who attended last year's event loved it - and many expressed pleasure in being able to get many wonderful ideas for their own gardens," said Bonnie Pence, the foundation's associate director and manager of special events. "We're confident that the response to this year's event will be equally positive, and we have extended the tour to give our guests two more hours each day to enjoy the gardens."

All proceeds will be used to help the foundation build the Regional Family Guest House, a 13-unit facility for use by individuals from rural areas who are receiving treatment at American Fork Hospital, Orem Community Hospital or Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 each by calling the Central Utah Health Care Foundation at 371-7600. Tickets may also be purchased at most local nurseries. Guidebooks, with detailed maps, descriptions and directions to the gardens, and helpful gardening tips and information can be picked up by ticket holders at any garden on the tour. Tickets may also be purchased at any garden during the event for $12.

Herbs and flowers will be sold at four gardens at a cost of two for $1 (available for ticket holders only).



Tour gardens

Garden locations include the following residence:

- Layne and Sherri Atwood, 1190 E. 200 North, Pleasant Grove

- Kent and Kathy Broome, 657 N. 1300 East, Pleasant Grove

- Blake and Elaine Littleford, 336 N. 1350 East, Pleasant Grove

- Scott and Deirdre Calhoun, 10291 N. Cottonwood Drive, Cedar Hills

- Randy and Nancy Blackburn, 537 N. 900 East, Lehi

- Russ and Marianne Robinson, 825 E. 205 North, American Fork

- Hindley and Ivy Mayne, 360 N. 400 West, American Fork

- Dick and Susan Miller, 742 N. 100 East, American Fork

- Vera Hall, 836 N. 100 East, American Fork

- Stan and Lucile Kimball, 9943 N. Meadow Lane, Highland

- Arlin and Janica Brewer, 673 High Bench Road, Alpine

- Bonnie and David Parker, 1309 N. Moyle Drive, Alpine