Secret Gardens To Be Exposed

The museums committee of Oglebay Institute will hold its popular fundraiser – The Secret Gardens of Wheeling Tour & Garden Market Saturday, June 14. It begins at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park.

Area residents can view some of Wheeling’s most creative gardens, meet the passionate gardeners who create these lavish outdoor spaces and enjoy marketplace shopping with more than 40 vendors.

“The tour reveals gardens and homes that reflect the charm and tucked-away scenery of Wheeling’s neighborhoods all decked out in their spring splendor,” Christin Byrum, Oglebay Institute director of museums, said. “Guests will walk through five unique gardens, learning gardening tips and techniques and discovering creative ideas to take home to their own backyards.”

The locations of the gardens are kept secret until the day of the tour. To discover whose gardens are being featured, guests should arrive at the Mansion Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 14 to purchase a ticket and receive a detailed map to find each of the gardens.

The Garden Market opens at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The brick pathways outside the Mansion Museum will be lined with dozens of merchants and artisans selling items such as jewelry, pottery, crafts, original artwork, live plants, floral arrangements, vintage fashions, baskets, garden decor, outdoor furniture and other items.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

From butterfly bushes, majestic trees and fragrant perennial beds to garden sculptures, ponds and decorative brickwork, Secret Gardens’ tour-goers will find plenty of features to please the senses.

“Each space is alive with color and reflects the imagination and special interests of each homeowner,” Byrum said.

One location is a country estate complete with rose-lined driveway, vegetable garden and small orchard. Another spot in a suburban neighborhood bungalow is alive with color and features whimsical touches and interesting antiques, giving the space cozy, sentimental appeal. The tour also features an urban garden sanctuary, a backyard family retreat and a formal, yet relaxed, garden space with water features and brick walks that make a prominent backyard statement.

Byrum said it is interesting to talk with the gardeners not only about how they created these lovely gardens but also about why they enjoy gardening. “The reasons for gardening and the inspiration for the designs can be just as unique as the gardens or the gardeners themselves,” she said.

For some, it is a love of outdoor entertaining that drives them to create beautiful landscapes. Some are inspired by an appreciation and love of wildlife. Some take inspiration from their faith, seeking quiet outdoor spaces for prayer and personal reflection. Others like the never-ending process of discovery.

Wheeling residents Laura Carter, Paula McClure and Jane Mahlke chair this fundraiser for the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

Chairs of the vendors market are Stephanie Grove, Barbara Ruben and Angela Zambito Hill. Committee members assist them. Event sponsor is Nicky’s Garden Center. All proceeds from the event support the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

Garden Market vendors include: Alan Fitzpatrick Jewelry and Cecy Rose Artwork, Bob’s Wood Turning, Celebrating Home (Tina Shaw), Celadon Road (April Rucker), Cheryl Harshman Artwork, Discovery Toys, Dolce Pizzelles Cookie Co., In A Pikle, It’s All Gourd, Janet Hart Watercolors, Jewel Kade, Jewelry By Jane, Kara Vita Clinical Skincare, Lendon Floral and Garden, Misty Mountain Estate, Nerium and Hilltop Coffee Co., Nicky’s Garden Center, Origami Owl, Perfectly Posh, Pink Zebra, Premier Designs Jewelry, Ron Presutti, Sorbet Demonstration, Rustic Embellishments, Sabika Jewelry (Cindy Fluharty), Sally’s Gourmet Chip Dip, Sandi’s Studio Workz, Silpada Designs, Denise Geary, Sophia Kayafas, Squirrel Hill Studio, Stella and Dot, Tastefully Simple (Terra Moscato), Templeton Salt Glaze Pottery, Terry’s Tiles, That’s The Spot! Massage Therapy, The Clothes Collection, The Jeweled Bird, The Little Earth Company, Thirty One (Snookie Isaly), Touch of Hawaii, Uppercase Living, Usborne Books, Vintage Home and Garden Collection and Yardscape LLC.

For more information, call the museums at 304-242-7272. Tickets for the Secret Gardens tour can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.oionline. com.