Garden Party

Mogollon Garden Tour celebrates the senses

Whimsey and hard work went into creating Ed Jones’ oasis in the Payson Pines subdivision. Visitors will be welcomed to the garden during the June 12 Mogollon Garden Tour. Tickets are $5.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Whimsey and hard work went into creating Ed Jones’ oasis in the Payson Pines subdivision. Visitors will be welcomed to the garden during the June 12 Mogollon Garden Tour. Tickets are $5.


A celebration for the senses and a salute to creativity await those who partake in the 2010 Mogollon Garden Tour with Artists in the Garden, presented by the Rim Area Gardeners of Payson.

The tour is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 12. Get your $5 ticket at Ace Hardware and Nursery in Payson or Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley, at either the Payson Public Library or the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in Payson. Tickets may also be purchased at the individual gardens on the tour. When buying a ticket, be sure to get a copy of the tour brochure, which includes a map and directions to the participating sites.

Those gardens, starting at the north end of Payson, are at: 2118 N. Cold Springs Point; 2116 N. Cold Springs Point; 515 E. Rancho Road; 406 N. Rim Ranch Point; 702 S. Ridgeway; and in Star Valley, 27 Freegard Lane.

The gardens

Payson Pines neighbors Jan Wright, 2118 N. Cold Springs Point, and Ed Jones, 2116 N. Cold Springs Point, are stops 1 and 2 on the self-guided Mogollon Garden Tour.

Wright’s property is a charming setting with a raised flower garden, potted plants, water feature, garden ornaments and vegetables — all backing to the forest.

The Rim Country artists who will share their work in Wright’s garden are John and Peggy Gould, who will have pottery and prints on display.


Lynn Serfling and her husband Paul are still building their garden. See how far they have come June 12.

Jones’ land has an attractive hillside terrace garden with a gazebo, seating areas, patio garden art, water features, trellises and chimes. Artists sharing their work in Jones’ garden are Glenda and Bob Roark, who have glass garden pieces and more.

Mike and Pat Voden’s garden is at 515 E. Rancho Road, on the east side of Hwy. 87. The use of composting, grey water and rainwater harvesting enhance this sprawling, earthy, experimental garden. The Vodens have lots of containers, a pond and homemade green house. Wood worker Joe Prow will share his works at the Voden property.

Gina Perkes, at 406 N. Rim Ranch Point, is a name many Rim Country residents associate with highly artistic quilting, but Perkes’ creativity also extends to her home’s landscape. The rambling hillside garden retains native trees, while clearings provide play space with a trampoline for the Perkes children. Vegetables share the garden with showcase plants such as Japanese maple, roses and heavenly bamboo. Perkes will share both her quilts and her garden mosaics, which include tabletops and bird feeders, with visitors during the tour.

Paul and Lynn Serfling, 702 N. Ridgeway, have a newly created garden with terraced hillsides, xeriscape with many native plants, lots of containers featuring a huge variety of unusual deck plants, some vegetables and several rare plants. The Serflings also make use of German-made specialty boxes with a self-watering system.


Art is a part of the Serfling garden. Doug Lawrence is the artist sharing his work at the home during the June 12 tour.

Doug Lawrence is the artist who will share the Serflings’ space with pottery on the wheel and unique hand-thrown pieces.

Judy Freegard’s property at 27 Freegard Lane in Star Valley features a large “elk-proof” garden with a huge rain collection tank. The property also has a brick patio with many planted wheelbarrows, whimsical decorations, arches with shade, trumpet vine, all created in a relaxed gardening style accommodating the many trees on this large property.

Artists Helen Tennant and Jan Ransom will share their work at Freegard’s site. Tennant does pottery, sculpture and silk painting. Ransom does painting.

About Rim Area Gardeners

The Rim Area Gardeners was founded in 1992 to bring together people familiar with the characteristics of gardening in the Payson area and those new to the region. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Church of Christ, 410 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. The meetings include presentations on the gardening needs and interests of the members with time for questions and answers, refreshments and a drawing or exchange.


A water feature in the garden of Jan Wright in Payson Pines, flanked by a bird bath, a bird sculpture and a fanciful frog, along with beautiful flowers creates a place of peace and refreshment for the spirit. Visit Wright’s garden during the Mogollon Garden Tour Saturday, June 12.

The group’s work in the community includes: support of the rose maintenance at Julia Randall Elementary School, support of the flower maintenance at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, providing gardening assistance to several non-profit groups and facilities.

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