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Visitors get tips on gardens, photos and background blurs
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 20, 2014 | 134 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marion Owen (left) and Patty Lefebvre discuss Monk's Hood; the plant in the middle. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Marion Owen (left) and Patty Lefebvre discuss Monk's Hood; the plant in the middle. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Marion Owen (front center) shows the Lefebvre family her strawberry plants. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Marion Owen (front center) shows the Lefebvre family her strawberry plants. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Marion Owen talks about Daisy, the dragon she made out of recycled foam and broken glass plates. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Marion Owen talks about Daisy, the dragon she made out of recycled foam and broken glass plates. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Local photographer and gardener Marion Owen gets calls all the time from people wanting to see her work, so she converted part of her house into a gallery and started offering tours called “Gardens and Gallery.”

“I had a lot of people say we want to see your work, and just sending them to a website was kind of boring,” Owen said.

On Thursday, Owen gave a tour to the Lefebvre family, who were visiting from Nome and Washington.

Patty Lefebvre lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband where she keeps a garden. Hers is larger in area than Owen’s but doesn’t produce as much.

“When we first drove in, I was just blown away at what she’s done,” said Lefebvre. Beans, strawberries, kale, broccoli, turnips, radishes, potatoes, garlic, onions, peas, rhubarb and more grow in Owen’s garden, which is made up of raised beds, halibut tubs, pots, a hoophouse and a greenhouse.

During the tour, Owen gave planting tips: place marigolds in the greenhouse to keep aphids away, use kelp in the soil, dig in the dirt around garlic and make sure the bulb isn’t opening up yet to tell when it’s ripe. And Owen received a tip herself from Lefebvre about pruning her rhododendron.

“The best part of the tour is exchanging ideas, and sharing plants,” Lefebvre said. “Sharing the knowledge that I have about the rhodies that she didn’t have about dead-heading.”

Just inside the doors of Owen and her husband Marty’s B&B is a newly installed gallery of her work.

Large prints cover the walls, under museum lighting in the ceiling. The photos show the wide variety of Owen’s work including crab pots, flowers, a bear, northern lights, snowflakes and even a pink tractor in a field in Oregon.

Sitting on the steps down to the gallery, Owen gave tips on photographing plants and getting a good “bokeh,” the out-of-focus blur in the background of a photo. She encourages visitors to bring their cameras along and photograph the plants in her garden.

Owen offers the tours most days from 9 a.m. to noon or group tours can be arranged by calling 539-5009.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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