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Richfield home, garden tour coming up

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

RICHFIELD — The Richfield Town Trust’s Eighth Annual Historic Home and Garden Tour, taking place June 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature four properties this year.

The featured properties will include the Oviatt House, Newton/Carter House and Knopp/Sapsford House, as well as a perennial garden tucked away on Streetsboro Road.

According to the Richfield Historical Society, the featured garden home site has been improved with a series of carefully tended garden beds. Visitors are greeted with prolific perennials that flower from spring through fall. A small pond is home to frogs, as well as water lilies, and is integrated into the landscape with a stone retaining wall.

Shade gardens of various colors are punctuated with specimen plants and shrubs, as well as native Ohio plants. According to tour officials, the owner has taken every possible nook of this garden and turned it into a well-designed habitat, reflecting her love of gardening and her sensibility concerning the harmony of growing perennial flowers.

In addition to the tour, an “old-fashioned” plant swap/sale also be held on the grounds of the Fellowship Hall. Individuals may bring perennial plants or houseplants (divided or cuttings) in waterproof containers. All plants must be identified and labeled accordingly. Plants also will be available to purchase.

All proceeds from the tour will be used to help advance the goals and objectives of the Richfield Town Trust, which include helping to make the West Center of Richfield a hub of community life and activity while maintaining the area’s charming and historic character, according to tour officials.

The tour will begin at the Richfield Fellowship Hall, located at 3903 Broadview Road. The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. An optional box lunch (consisting of a croissant sandwich — choice of ham, turkey or vegetarian — coleslaw, fruit, chips, dessert and drink) may be purchased in advance for $6. Complimentary tea and cookies will be available throughout the day, and pre-ordered lunches may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the hall.

To purchase advance tickets and lunch, if desired, send appropriate payment (check made payable to “Richfield Town Trust”), along with name, address and phone number, to the RTT Historic Home and Garden Tour, 4300 W. Streetsboro Road, Richfield, OH 44286. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. If ordering lunch, indicate choice of sandwich. The deadline for advance ticket sales and purchase of lunch (must be pre-ordered) is June 9.

Advance tickets also are available at Countryside Florist, Richfield Auto and at the Richfield Historical Society’s website, www.richfieldohiohistoricalsociety.org.

No children younger than 12 are allowed on the tour, and it is not wheelchair accessible. The tour will be held “rain or shine.”

For more information, call 330-659-4750.

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