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Gardens an extension of one’s home

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – Charles and Joan White had an unusual number of visitors to their garden Wednesday, and they weren’t the typical birds, hummingbirds and ground squirrels.

The Whites were one of Frisco’s 19 homes and businesses entered in the town’s annual garden contest. The Whites, who agreed to have the public tour their gardens, said they had about 25 visitors participating in the town’s first garden tour.

Their garden has come a long way since they moved into their Frisco home 11 years ago.

“There was nothing here when we moved in,” Joan said, except some “very awful grass.”

Their garden is a collaborative effort, the Whites said, with Joan as the chief designer and Charles as the chief executor.

“Our garden has sort of evolved over the years,” Charles said. “Some things worked, others didn’t.”

Now their yard has gardens in the front and back yards and along the side of the house. There are container gardens, hanging plants, a rock garden and more.

“It’s an extension of your house,” Joan said as she explained why she loves gardening. “We love to eat outside, we love to sit outside. I just think it’s lovely to have a garden.”

Lovely indeed.

The Whites have converted an old dirt and rock pile (leftover scraps from an excavation job) into a rock garden complete with snow on the mountain and edelweiss. Tall, purple delphiniums greet visitors by the front door.

They have flowers in containers around their patio, on their stairs and hanging from their deck. There are pansies, columbine, wild rose, chives and Sweet William.

The Whites planted a lilac bush, too, though Charles said they haven’t had a flower on it yet.

One of their favorite spots in their garden is what the Whites refer to as their breakfast area – where they have a table and bench, situated under aspen and next to a stream. Because it’s on the east side of their home, the Whites said they like eating breakfast there while enjoying the warm, morning sun.

Hummingbirds, too, love their garden.

“We’ve got loads of hummingbirds,” Joan said.

This is the third year the Whites have entered Frisco’s garden contest, and if they enter again next yea visitors won’t see exactly the same garden. The Whites said they often move plants and redesign portions of their garden each fall.

Frisco community relations director Linda Lichtendahl said the town hosts the annual garden contest in a continuing effort toward keeping the town beautiful. This was the first year the garden tour was included in the contest.

“We’ve had requests in the past from the public to go see the gardens.” Lichtendahl said. “We thought it would add another element to the contest.”

Those gardens might give inspiration to others.

“Every year, we see beautiful, beautiful gardens,”Lichtendahl said. “It just shows that high-altitude landscaping, while it’s a challenge, can be as beautiful as in the Midwest or the East or wherever people are from.”

Frisco had 19 participants in its garden contest and tour this year, but Lichtendahl said they hope for more.

“A lot of people have great gardens,” she said. “But they don’t enter the contest.”

Frisco Garden Contest Winners

– Residential (large scale)

Joanne and Dick Masica – 1st

Pete and Dee Dee Byers – 2nd (tie)

Rick and Judy Amico – 2nd (tie)

– Residential (small scale)

Charles and Joan White – 1st

Jacqueline Wood – 2nd

– Business (large scale)

Frisco Lodge – 1st

Dick’s Last Resort – 2nd

– Business (small scale)

Silverheels – 1st

Just Bunks – 2nd


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