MT. VERNON, Mo. – This year’s Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour should be of interest to anyone wanting a beautiful and functional landscape with the right plants in the right spots. The Twilight Tour runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31 in Aurora.
Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension and Doyle Ferguson of Aurora Greenhouse, will lead the tour.
The 2012 Tour will focus on landscaping, and will start at Oak Park in Aurora, at the shelter house in the northwest corner of the park.
Following a presentation on the basics of landscaping in the Ozarks, participants will walk to the home of Jacquiline Schutte at 315 College Street for the second stop on the tour.
“Schutte has created a personalized landscape that is approachable and intimate. Water features, annual and perennial beds, a vegetable garden, and garden whimsy add interest,” said Byers.
The third stop on the Tour is the home of Jerry Sumners. Follow Hwy K north of Aurora to Lawrence County Road 2180, and drive east on 2180 1.5 miles to the entrance.
“The Sumners’ home is surrounded by extensive landscaped beds and turf areas. The beds feature many different shrubs and perennials,” said Byers.
This third stop will include discussions on lawn care and hardscape features such as rock walls, mulches, and plant maintenance.
The annual horticulture twilight tour is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension Lawrence County Council. There is no advance registration required. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a lawn chair.
For more details, contact the Extension Center in Mt. Vernon, 417-466-3102.
Information provided by MU Extension Southwest Region News Service.