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The yard of Glenden and Betty Pomrenke of Worthington is one of the featured stops on the PEO Garden Tour. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Five unique gardens will be featured on a garden tour sponsored by PEO Chapter DW as a scholarship fundraiser.

The tour will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday. The featured properties are the homes of David and Kathy Roslansky, 804 W. Shore Drive; Rita Scheffler, 717 Pershing Blvd.; Glenden and Betty Pomrenke, 727 Ninth Ave.; Susanne Murphy, 26605 Sundberg Ave.; and Bruce and Beverly Kness, 719 May St.

The Roslanskys’ garden includes raised beds for growing vegetables and both perennial and annual flowers. Despite the watering ban, they are able to maintain their flower beds thanks to a well on the property, which has been plumbed into a faucet in the garage. Among their plantings is a hydrangea taken from David’s mother’s house. Its origins are from a plant that was more than a century old.

Scheffler has lived and gardened in the same location for 59 years and describes her garden as “freestyle” in form. Many of the plants in her garden were gifts from family and friends. She also has some specimens that originally came from her mother and grandmother.

The Pomrenkes have a landscape that includes a mix of annuals and perennials, both sun-loving and shade plants, and a vegetable bed for tomatoes.

Irises were transplanted from Betty’s mother’s garden. There are also potted “Rose Bud” geraniums started from a plant given to Betty by her father 35 years ago; and giant fan cockscombs — a favorite of her grandmother.

Murphy’s garden in rural Worthington has been a form of therapy, started after the death of her husband, Tom, in 1998.

“I asked each family member and employee to bring me a rock, to represent Tom being our rock. I made a little flower garden, then added a little more and a little more,” explained Murphy. “It soon went all the way around the house. Then I ran out of time to care for a vegetable garden, so I planted flowers, making a friendship garden. Friends shared parts of my gardens, and I offer them donations from my garden. As our lives change forever, so does my garden.”

The Murphy property also features a pond and waterfall.

The Kness garden has also grown thanks to sharing plants with friends or splitting what they already have. Located on the shore of Lake Okabena, the landscape includes field stone and river rock, lilies and many hostas. It was the site of their daughter’s wedding in 2012, and a frame surrounding a swing was built by Bruce and was used as the wedding trellis. Favorite trees are two gingko bilobas, which are rare in the area.

Tickets for the garden tour can be purchased at HyVee, Sanford Worthington Medical Center Gift Shop and Ax Photo. In case of rain, the tour will be on Wednesday.

Daily Globe Features Editor Beth Rickers may be reached at 376-7327.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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