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Grass Valley couple open spectacular garden to public

Buena Vista Flower Garden welcomes visitors in May and June

Garden view, shaded plants, trees
This inviting view is at Buena Vista Flower Garden in Grass Valley. (Photos courtesy LeRoy Hall)

LeRoy and Sally Hall turned their home in Grass Valley into a shady sanctuary, full of flowers. More than an acre is fully landscaped with hundreds of blooming shrubs and perennials.

The couple named their place “Buena Vista Flower Garden.” And this spring, the Halls are sharing that spectacle with anyone who wants to make the drive.

“We are opening our flower garden for visitors to tour our landscaped one-acre garden,” LeRoy Hall said. “Hundreds of flowering sun- and shade-loving plants, shrubs and trees including roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies, camellias, hydrangeas, etc. All viewed from our sidewalks, paths and stepping stones.”

Buena Vista will be open to visitors 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in May and June, the months when the garden is at its best.

Best of all: Admission is free. There are more than a mile of paths through the garden. The Halls request that COVID protocol (masks and social distancing) be followed, and no dogs please.

In recent years, the Halls have shared their garden as part of the Soroptomists’ annual spring tour.

“With this crazy COVID year we've had, this will be the second year the Soroptomists have canceled their yearly garden tour and it appears that others have put their tours on hold,” Hall said.

It would be a shame not to share just a spectacular spring garden, so the Halls decided to hold their own one-stop tour two days a week.

Rhododendrons are part of the spectacular display.

“Lots of the 200 azaleas are getting started or going strong and the sun azaleas are spectacular this year,” Hall said. “The rhodies – about 100 of them -- are just getting started. And the lupine, columbine, foxgloves and peonies are getting ready to pop”

The Halls also have more than 250 roses, which will be putting on their best show later in May.

Among the regular visitors to the Halls’ property: Deer. The couple have figured out how to coexist with wildlife with beautiful results.

Buena Vista Flower Garden is located at 14013 Meadow View Drive, Grass Valley.

For details or directions, email the Halls at .


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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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