Mother Nature provide perfect weather for the second "mini" garden tour on the evening of July 20. The first garden visited was a riot of color with a variety of plantings and shrubs, many surrounding the gorgeous pond and waterfall with water lillies and fish. This garden has a lot of interesting garden art including a kaleidoscope over a container of brightly colored flowers that when turned, create a wonderful array of shapes and colors. Next was a meticulously maintained vegetable garden with beautiful rows of vegetables, including broccoli, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and more. This garden was created by a young family and their love of the earth-to-table philosophy is evident. Next came a garden with colorful plants, shrubs, ponds, waterfalls, rocks, a playhouse and a bridge over Dover Creek. This is another garden created and maintained by a young family whose love of nature is all around them. We topped off the evening at a garden that is familiar to many garden club members since we had a garden tour there about six years ago. This deep and open yard includes many magnificent trees, shrubs, colorful borders and a "room" in the back with hostas, hydrangeas and other shade plants. There is a little house that overhangs the pond and waterfall and if you sit on the porch awhile, the koi in the pond come over to you with open mouths. This is truly a garden that you just want to sit in, relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. This was the perfect garden to enjoy a closing reception with wine, beer, sandwiches, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers and other snacks and cake for dessert. We sincerely appreciate all of the homeowners opening their gardens to the garden club for these two "mini" garden tours. Maybe we will do this again next year. See Photo Gallery for more photos.