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What: Garden of the Hills tour
Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills
Where: El Dorado County gardens
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5
Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger.
When it comes to Lynn Anderson’s garden, color is the main ingredient.
He achieves this by carefully tending to his flowers, trees and bushes … and tossing in about 100 beautiful glass flowers and critters that glisten in the sun and give his Cameron Park yard an unbelievable glow. Plus, Lynn added, the flowers are “insect and deer-proof.”
For the last four years Anderson has made these colorful creations in his backyard studio. This year he and wife Marilyn decided to showcase their flowers, real and glass, in the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills annual Garden of the Hills tour, Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.
The glass art will be for sale.
“Then I can make more,” Lynn said, smiling in his studio. The shelves inside are lined with decorative plates, bowls and more flowers.
“It’s gratifying,” he said of his art, made completely on site. “No two pieces are even possible to be alike.”
Lynn uses recycled glass for his projects, some of which he makes himself. He’s happy to work with anyone on a custom art piece.
Marilyn said she loves watching her husband, who also does stained-glass art (check out their front door), come up with an idea.
“It’s always something different,” she said.
The couple’s favorite piece? A blue glass plate with three orcas swimming in a circle.
Never satisfied with doing just one thing, Lynn has begun painting on his glass creations. Guests taking the self-guided garden tour will be among the first art lovers to see this work.
This year five gardens are on the Gardens of the Hills tour with local artists placed at each location.
Major sponsors Pottery World in El Dorado Hills and Green Acres Nursery and Supply in Folsom will host special events during the two-day tour. Pottery World will host award-wining landscape designers Michael Glassman and Bob Langan. Green Acres will feature a miniature garden display both days. An afternoon reception at Cielo Winery in Shingle Springs is also on the schedule.
Gardens of the Hills is one of two major fundraisers hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills each year. The non-profit also puts on the Homes for the Holidays tour.
Money raised from these events supports Operation School Bell, a program that provides coats and school clothes to needy children; Sports Locker, which provides sports equipment and registration scholarships to athletes; Bags for Belongings, which provides tot bags to displaced children; the Senior Holiday Shopping Spree; Assault Survivor Kits; as well as literacy and senior programs.
“Last year we began our Books and Beyond program helping children learn to read,” said Crist Dixon with the local assistance league.
“We also continue to do our Senior Holiday Party at the Senior Day Care Center in Placerville and are just beginning SMILE, a program to do monthly activities with seniors at Gold Country Convalescent Hospital,” Dixon said.
Tickets for the Gardens of the Hills tour are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger.