A retreat, a getaway from the world, whatever you would choose to call it, it is definitely a place to go and unwind after a long day.
Wayne said he spent 12 years on the road building a business; when the time came in his life he could slow down he began building a garden in the couple's back yard.
The "secret garden" of Wayne and Peggy's is one of the gardens on the garden tour scheduled for this Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Besides a 12-year-old Koi pond, visitors will be treated to watching his miniature railroad work its way around the large shrubbery and the waterfall that feeds the Koi pond.
Harris said he had always wanted a miniature railroad and installed the small scaled train and track last year. He is now presently working on another one "I grow trains in my garden," Harris says with a smile. He travels to all of the miniature train shows he can in order to add to his collection.
One highlight of the railroad is that it passes a replica of Harris' grandfather's homeplace on a farm located in Todd County. The entire small scale home was constructed by Harris himself. There is even a little boy sitting on the swing on the front porch. Harris says he is the boy.
Just about everything in the back yard Harris has constructed himself, even the back door one goes through in order to enter this garden haven.
In this garden visitors on the garden tour will find Buddleia English Ivy, Wigelia, Liriope, Hosta and a host of other plants.
Though there is no mowing to be done, Harris says the trimming is sometimes time consuming.
A winding flowerbed on the front lawn accentuates the small cottage home of the Harrises sitting among shade trees on Sycamore Street. The bed is filled Hostas, Sweet William, Shasta Daisies, Phlox, Moss and Ivy. Harris says when he had trouble getting grass to grow under the shade trees, he decided to put in a flower bed.
To the left of the front porch is a raised bed holding lilies, Chrysanthemum, Holly, Nandina along with evergreens. The rear of the back lawn is bordered by Arborvitae, giving the garden a sense of enclosure from the surrounding area.
The garden is filled with many types of shrubbery and perennials such as old-fashion Peony, Iris, Hibiscus, Roses, Snowball Bush and Rhododendron.
Another garden on the tour this Saturday will be at the home of Randi Danks. Not only does her front yard hold enough plants to tickle any gardener's fancy, the back yard holds large Iris beds, pine trees, as well as a host of perennials.
Other homes on the tour this Saturday include the Robert and Jean Wright Garden, which is a returning garden from the 2002 tour, the Patricia Payeur and Shirlee Yassney garden, and the Historic Bibb House Museum
Over the past three years, the club has planted over 900 tulip bulbs beside the sidewalk along the front fence of the house showing a beautiful display of color each spring.
A culinary herb bed was created to the rear of the house and this past spring in a joint effort with Historic Russellville, the front of the house was re-landscaped.
The club is currently working on building perennial beds and added a large quantity of annuals for color this year.
The Logan County Garden tour tickets will be available at the Chamber of Commerce or any of the gardens on the tour along with directions to all of the gardens.
Darlene Heflin serves as president of the Logan County Garden Club and serves on the garden tour committee, as do Donna Beasley, Christine McClellan, Ann Statton, Virginia Price and Rodney Haines.
Everyone will certainly want to take the time this Saturday to tour these impressive gardens of Logan County.