Last updated: July 01. 2014 6:42PM - 179 Views
By Sydney L. Murray smurray@civitasmedia.com

Walkers enjoy the garden of Roger and Zelpha Flora on North Preble County Line Road.
Walkers enjoy the garden of Roger and Zelpha Flora on North Preble County Line Road.
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LEWISBURG — Ben and Joy Bayer have been gardening for the past few years and decided to participate in the Lewisburg Garden Walk on Saturday, June 28 this year.

“It gives our family the chance to work together out here,” Bayer said. “We just like to be outside.”

In the past 10 years they have lived at their home, Bayer said they have had a garden for about six or seven years. He said the entire family, including his children, help with the garden. Their yard also featured a small pond.

Marsha Jones, co-chairperson of the Garden Walk, said this is the third year the Walk has taken place.

“The hosts are just so welcoming,” Jones said.

Jones said the gardens ranged from whimsical with native flowers to one with an Ohio State theme.

Jones said those who organize the Walk spend the year looking for gardens to feature in the Walk and then ask the families if they would like to participate.

At about 2:45 p.m., only 45 minutes after the Walk began, Jones said they already had about 75 people participate in the Walk.

Roger Flora and his wife Zelpha have been gardening for 37 years and this year decided to enter their house into the Lewisburg Garden Walk after being ask by the organizers.

Flora said they enjoy gardening and enjoy the lawn and the landscape. The Floras have more than 50 different hosta varieties in their yard, as well as a large lily bed and a walk-through herb garden.

Flora said he couldn’t come up with an exact number of how much time they spend working on the garden because it’s just a consistent labor of love.

“It’s just something that we enjoy and we hope everyone else enjoys it, too,” Flora said.

He said they enjoy the garden and know that people who pass by their house enjoy it, as well. He said they were thankful they could be a part of the Walk.

Sandy Heindl participated in the Walk and said she wished more people knew about it. Heindl also works for the Lewisburg Park Board.

“It’s very important to grow trees, gardens for our environment,” Heindl said.

Heindl thanked all the people who allowed their gardens to be featured, and specifically praised the Flora garden.

“They put a lot of work into it,” Heindl said.

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