Audubon Tour Adds Garden

Jamestown Audubon’s 2013 Secret Gardens Tour now boasts six gardens.

With two gardens in Busti, two in Lakewood and two in Jamestown, there is something for everyone who admires beauty and appreciates all the hard work that goes into it.

The Secret Gardeners for the Saturday, June 29, event are Janet Brown, Kathy Holdridge, Kay Johnson, Sharon Lisciandro, Ruth Lundin and Linda McCallum.

“The variety of this year’s gardens is unprecedented on our tour,” said Merle Szydlo, tour organizer. “We have gardens measured in feet, and gardens measured in acres. We have country gardens and urban gardens. We have wildlife habitats and a unique, environmentally-friendly home whose roof garden is part of a water retention project. We even have a gardener who fosters felines for the local Humane Society, so you could come home with garden ideas and a new friend.”

Bird lovers should bring their binoculars with them, as Audubon nature guides will be available to help spot the Meadowlarks and Bobolinks in the unmowed field in the Johnson garden.

Ruth Lundin will be on hand to explain how her roof garden is part of a water retention project that includes rain barrels and a permeable patio. Don’t miss the magic viewing window that lets you peer into the unusual construction of her unique home.

Rain or shine, the tour is from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The $10 tickets are available at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary as well as Four Seasons Nursery, Lakeview Gardens, Peterson Farm, Secret Gardens Flower Shop and Stillwater Garden Market in Jamestown; Mike’s Nursery in Lakewood; and Robert’s Nursery in Falconer. Tickets can also be purchased at the participating gardens on the day of the tour.

The ticket will provide directions, parking recommendations, and a map for finding the gardens. A Google map of all the gardens and ticket outlets will also be on Audubon’s website,, prior to the tour.

The Secret Gardens Tour supports the nature education programs of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit