ASHTABULA - Bonsai, blueberries, heirloom tomatoes, daylilies, roses, phlox, daisies, ceramic gnomes, fountains and fairy statues.
Such are the garden varieties and decorative ornaments to be seen during Saturday's Garden Walk to benefit the Beatitude House.
The self-guided tour, available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a dozen residential gardens in Ashtabula's lakeside neighborhoods. There will be refreshments, a door prize raffle and a master gardener on hand to answer gardening questions at the Gathering Green at Kent State University Ashtabula. The Nassief Auto Family is sponsoring the event.
"The gardens are in full bloom. We have some novice gardens, some professionally landscaped and a lakefront garden on a hill," said Julia Pisansky, development assistant for the Beatitude House. "There is a very wide variety."
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and ages 10 and younger get in free. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at a tent outside KSU Ashtabula's Health and Science Building on Saturday.
Last year, more than 100 people took the garden walk through portions of Ashtabula Harbor and Saybrook Township and checked out 16 gardens of interest to benefit the Beatitude House, which helps disadvantaged women and children.
The Beatitude House opened in 2012 on the property behind St. Joseph's Church on Lake Avenue.
The idea for a garden walk started with members of the Beatitude staff and board of directors, Pisansky said. A committee was formed and members approached property owners about sharing their gardens for six hours.
Despite the recent rainy weather, Pisansky remains optimistic that it will be a great day to tour gardens
"I checked the weather forecast for Saturday and it's suppose to sunny and dry," she said.
For more information, go to beatitudehouse.com/events, call 330-744-3147 or stop by Nassief Dealership in Ashtabula or Jefferson. Registration is required.