The beauty is in the details

    Photo by Larry Rosengren<br>The garden at 204 Alicia Ave. is the Ashland Garden Club’s September Garden of the Month.

    You can often tell, just by looking at a garden (houses too) that someone artistic lives there. Such is the case at 204 Alicia Ave., which is the Ashland Garden Club’s September Garden of the Month.

    This is the home of Betsy (who asked her last name not be used) and her husband, Chuck. Betsy is a crafts artisan in the costume shop at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They have lived in the home for eight years.

    The house remodeling and garden hardscape were a collaborative design effort with James Stiritz of Dragonfly Construction.

    Wonderful details abound in the decorative fencing, garden screens and car arbor.

    Betsy prefers curves to straight lines in the garden and she is conscious of textures and scale, as well as color. Irrigation and original plantings were by Carol’s Colors, but Betsy has moved, replaced and added to the vegetation in the intervening years. In the summer, she spends a couple of hours a day working in the yard.

    The musical notes of a seasonal creek and pond add to the calming ambiance of the backyard retreat.

    Among the many interesting plants are a smoke tree, grasses, ferns, spirea, rock rose, morning glory, euphorbia and eucalyptus. Edibles include plum, cherry, and crabapple.

    The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from April through September, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at Check out the Club’s website at or come to the meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (October through May) at the Community Center on Winburn Way.

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