County garden tour set for Saturday

By Jeremy Wallace

June 17, 2014

Jeremy Wallace

Staff Writer

TROY — Green thumbs make for colorful gardens.

The Miami County In Bloom Tour will show off some of the county’s finest flora from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday.

The garden tour happens every two years and this is the first year for David and Carol Pinkerton’s home to be on the tour. The Pinkertons, of Troy, said they are excited to have their garden on the tour this year.

David became a Master Gardner two years ago in conjunction with the OSU Extension Office.

“To become a Master Gardner I went to eight weeks of class at the OSU Extension Office, 50 volunteer hours the first year then 10 volunteer hours the following year and six hours of continuous education,” David Pinkerton said.

The continuous education classes discuss many plant and garden topics like disease, landscaping, color matching and placement.

“Our garden wasn’t so extensive, but retirement has help us expand it,” David Pinkerton said.

David Pinkerton is retired from Troy City Schools where he taught music and Carol Pinkerton is retired from Tipp City Schools where she taught the first grade.

The Pinkertons said they receive a variety of plants from friends and are part of a group that hosts plant parties.

“Plant parties are a small group of people, usually 10, that get together for a potluck dinner and bring a plant. After the dinner, each guest talks about their plants — like how much light and water the plant should have,” Carol Pinkerton said.

“Then everyone scrambles and grabs a plant,” Carol Pinkerton said with a small giggle.

The Pinkertons like different types of flowers and plants in the garden more than others for various reasons.

“I like the lily because in comes in a variety of colors,” Carol Pinkerton said.

“The Wisteria vine is my favorite plant and I want to grow it until it’s about 40-feet-long because my family had it when I was a child,” David Pinkerton said.

This event will showcase eight gardens in Miami County and the cities the tour will make a stop in is Troy, Tipp City and New Carlisle.

“Plant what you like because you are the one who has to look at it,” Deb Castle, 2014 Master Garden tour chair, said.

Castle is a Master Gardener and also served as chair in the 2012 garden tour. The event has never had more than nine gardens in a tour because people want to take their time and look at the gardens.

The Miami County In Bloom Tour will feature eight gardens:

• Rick Jackson, 104 South Ridge Ave., Troy

• David and Carol Pinkerton, 2315 mcKaig Ave., Troy

• Grant and Germaine Harvey, 2820 Hickorywood Dr., Troy

• Rodney and Sherry Houston, 5650 David Dr., Tipp City

• Steve and Laurel Booher, 372 North 2nd St., Tipp City

• Heather Bailey and Frank Scenna, 304 W. Broadway Ave., Tipp City

• Tom and Tammy Merritt, 794 Aspen Dr., Tipp City

• Joe and Missy Duer,Staley Mill farm and Indian Creek Distillery, 7095 Staley Rd., New Carlisle

Tickets for the Miami County in Bloom Garden Tour can be picked up at the following locations: OSU Extension Office, Miami County Courthouse in Troy, Lasting Impressions Flower Shop (Tipp City), Cold Water (Tipp City), Patterson’s Flowers (West Milton), Lisa’s Perennial Flowers (Covington), Genell’s Flowers (Piqua) or any Miami County Master Gardner.

The ticket prices will be $10 pre-sale and $15 on the day of the tour.

For questions call 440-3945 or 409-1582.

“We think of our garden as God’s gift to share with others,” David Pinkerton said.

Jeremy Wallace can be reached at 937-440-5243 or at or follow him on Twitter @TroyDailyNews.