GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- Blooming where they’re planted, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra holds a concert weekend showcasing garden tours in eight homes, A home in the Redlands was built from the ground up by the couple back in 1998.
Adding to the native plants, they wanted everything to blossom for the tour, from the front porch to the backyard.
“Originally, our lot was covered with of course all the native plants; rabbit, fresh sage brush, Mormon tea, cactus,” Adele Suydam explains, “When we built here we decided to put some gardens in and so it’s kind of bringing nature into tradition.”
Landscaped by Dragonfly Gardens, the public frolic through and admire the work done.
“For some people, gardening grew into a top hobby during the pandemic with people are cooped up during quarantine,” Cora Dickey reports, “The garden tour is it just a time for the Symphony Orchestra to hold a fundraiser, it’s also a chance for the homes in boxes show the growth of the green thumb.”
Hearing hundreds of people come in and out of the garden tours was music to the symphony’s ears. On top of helping a fundraiser, homeowners were happy to bring people outside and together to soak in natural beauty.
“Since we had COVID, we had nowhere to go so we beautified the house as best we could,” Bob Suydam shares, “Everybody’s ready to get out in the open to it we we’ve all been cooped up too long.”
This being the first tour, ticket sales were expected to be around one hundred. Between reserved tickets and two days of door sales, the garden tour sells beyond that number with donations producing like a greenhouse.
Harvesting from the fruitful turnout, members and supporters of the orchestra hope the garden tour becomes an annual fundraiser.
If you couldn’t make it, here are some highlights from the Garden of Note, Garden Tours: