Wednesday, April 30, 2008

June 21 day trip to 3 Syracuse-area gardens

Prepare for a full day and an eyeful of inspiring gardens in the Syracuse area starting bright and early on Saturday, June 21 with the gardens of Louise Lutz and Joe Zader located on Tully Lake. These folks really know how to build with stone!

Then on to Donna Kraft’s garden on the other side of Tully Lake where you’ll see some rare treasures in a magnificent setting and pause for bring-your-own lunch.

Lastly, guided by designer Diana Smith, owner of Topiary Gardens ( - note the garden pictured on her home page is a portion of the garden we will see) we will visit the showplace gardens of Doc Mengel. Diana’s specialty is Japanese maples and she will bring some choice potted specimens available for purchase.

A side trip to Watson’s Greenhouse in LaFayette before heading to our respective homes is highly recommended, if time allows. They carry lots of rock garden plants and display inspiring sculptural hypertufa pieces created by Art Friedl.

If you plan to join us, please contact Donna Kraft ( or 315-696-8626) for the itinerary and directions as well as to arrange carpooling. As a courtesy we also need to let our hosts know how many guests to expect.

Water feature and wall at Donna Kraft's garden.

Lutz-Zader garden.

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