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Tour shows off Kodiak’s color, gardens
by Julie Herrmann
Jul 23, 2014 | 119 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Judy Hamilton explains the arrangement of plants in one of her hoophouses during
the 2012 Kodiak Garden Club’s annual tour.
Judy Hamilton explains the arrangement of plants in one of her hoophouses during the 2012 Kodiak Garden Club’s annual tour.
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This weekend, community members will have the opportunity to take a peek inside the gardens that defy Kodiak’s weather and climate, and get some tips on growing your green thumb.

Five gardens in Kodiak and two in Bells Flats will be available for viewing during the Kodiak Garden Club’s annual tour on Saturday.

“I think one of the neatest things is seeing what the people here have done,” said Norma Holt, a member of the Kodiak Garden Club. “The number of plants they have, or the colors they use, or just the abundance of all the blossoms. You have to appreciate all the work that has gone into it.”

The gardeners manage to grow a lot of different things, using hoop houses and green houses to counteract the weather and climate. Soil has to be brought in from elsewhere or enriched with nutrients. Seeds need to be shielded from birds. Plants need to be protected from inclement weather.

The hoop houses and greenhouses work similarly, allowing the sun to warm the inside and hold heat in to give plants a climate more conducive to growing.

Plants range from trees to shrubs to flowers to veggies.

One of the most unexpected things that Kodiakans manage to grow, according to Holt, is corn.

“You tend to think of corn in hot climates,” Holt said. “But, they grow corn and pumpkins and several types of squash and zucchini grows very well.”

During the tour, the gardeners will show people around and answer questions.

“If they have a particular plant that they’re trying or something that didn’t go right, they’ll talk a little bit about it and give people a walk through,” Holt said.

Some of the gardens are smaller, located on a city lot along with a home, while one of the ones in Bells Flats is at least a quarter of an acre, Holt said. But size doesn’t necessarily dictate how much is grown.

“The small gardens sometimes have more than you might think,” Holt said. “Some of the small ones have more plants than the large ones.”

The tours will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Maps of garden locations can be picked up at the Kodiak High School parking lot between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The gardens that are part of the tour will have a sign in front of the house or on a nearby corner to help people find the locations.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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