Gorgeous Gardens

2013 Garden Walk shows Rim Country’s green side

Photo by Andy Towle. |


Rim hillsides, big yards and small, as well as the large Payson Community Garden are features of the June 8 Garden Walk.

The Rim Area Gardeners will present their 2013 Garden Walk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8.

Participants are invited to visit some of Payson’s outstanding gardens. Each garden reflects the individual homeowner’s taste and gift for working with nature. At each site a RAG Club member will greet and guide guests through the garden. Several sites will feature artists and one will have live music.

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson and Pine public libraries, Sweet Nostalgia and at the participating gardens.

The “Green Thumbs” around town will guide you to the gardens opened for the walk, including:


Martha and John Teubner have combined her artist’s eye and his strong back to build a haven showcasing nature’s bounty.

1501 W. Mesa Drive, Payson — owner Julie Coleman will host artist Donna Rokoff and her clay work in this hillside garden with golf course and lake views. The front patio and entry color scheme shows off red blooms and accent pieces, bird feeding areas and birdhouses, plus a butterfly garden all fitting among pines and aspens. Tomatoes and rhubarb grow near the back deck. A gray water system, plus water from gutters, keep many of the plants thriving. Native cactus, datura and rustic wagon wheels add to the charm.


Some of the Rim Country’s most gifted gardeners, like the Teubners, will offer tours of their properties during the annual Garden Walk taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

612 Coronado Way, Payson — owner Dr. Joe Falkner’s large backyard has many exotic and delightful plantings and water features. A hammock suggests dreamy afternoons in a shady, relaxed setting. There is room to stroll and discover hidden nooks and unique art. The sunken front garden has a variety of annuals and perennials.

510 N. Maranatha Road, Payson — owner and designer Jill Ridley will host artist Georgia Thorne and her fiber works at this family hideaway, reached by a curved driveway. This sprawling, six-acre ranch has animals, barns, corrals and outdoor entertainment space. Ridley enhances the natural setting of the home with potted plants and cozy seating in a romantic, curtained outdoor room.


The 2013 Garden Walk will showcase the work of Rim residents with the greenest of green thumbs. Each site on the tour displays the homeowner’s gift for working with nature.

2017 N. Verde Circle, Payson — owner Gayle Goodwin will host musician Linda Abbot on the viola in this well-designed small yard with a shaded back patio that is perfect for Arizona summers. Native plants and trees combine with landscaping for a pleasing impression. Bird feeders attract colorful visitors. A 350-gallon cistern ensures vigorous blooms and owner-crafted stained glass window panels decorate the entry.

1618C N. McLane Road, Payson — Martha and John Teubner have combined her artist’s eye and his strong back to build a haven showcasing nature’s bounty in a charming hillside area with rock gardens, water features, arbors, walkways, shaded patios and a large vegetable garden.



Payson Community Garden on Tyler Parkway — this young site (opened in 2012) has 165 plots rented to the public for seasonal gardening and each plot is an individual garden with flowers as well as vegetables. There is even a hydroponic garden on site. The participants in the garden share their excess produce with local food banks, helping their neighbors with limited resources eat healthy.

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