By Regina Elling
Gardens owned by photographers, artists and nature lovers are the focus of the Fourth Annual Ramona Garden Tour, set for April 30.
The garden of Roy and Robin Toft features views from the ocean to Starvation Mountain. Roy, a nature photographer who has worked with National Geographic magazine, concentrates on drought tolerant plants with low water usage.
The garden of Ron and Lynda van der Veen is full of native vegetation and large boulders and has been designed to be walked and enjoyed. Paths between the rocks, drought tolerant plantings and waterfalls share space with a putting green, large deck and sitting areas.
Bulent and Lubomyra “Luba” Yoldas have surrounded the boulders on their two-acre property with garden paths. They have his-and-hers vegetable gardens and an orchard filled with both traditional and non-traditional fruits that Luba uses to make jams.
Carol Wilson has been creating her garden and unique garden art for the past 13 years without the use of outside help or even a truck, and she has done so using very little money. The garden is rich in one-of-a-kind art pieces and mosaic tapestries, many with a cat theme.
The whimsical garden of Ralph and Diane Schafer has been a work in progress for the past 26 years. Diane is a photographer and uses the garden for many photography sessions of families and pets.
A huge plant sale will be held on tour day at the parking lot of Bank of Southern California, 1315 Main St. Hundreds of plants, including vegetables, will be available to the public. Vendor and educational booths and a raffle round out the day’s events.
The Ramona Garden Tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Ramona Interiors, 707 Main St., and will also be available at the Plant Sale the day of the tour. Proceeds benefit the Ramona Garden Club Scholarship Fund and other community projects. For more information, call Pam Marler at 760-787-0087.