Garden Photo of the Day

The gardens of Union Hill

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder

Today’s photos are a special treat from Kathy Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri. We featured Kathy’s fantasic garden for two days in mid-December (Refresh your memory HERE and HERE.)

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder

Today she’s sharing what the rest of her town has to offer in the way of gardens. She says, “These are some photos from the 2012 garden tour of Union Hill. Union Hill is a charming Victorian neighborhood in Kansas City, and each summer about a dozen neighbors open up their gardens for this walking tour. A portion of the proceeds goes to the preservation of their neighbor, the Union Cemetery, Kansas City’s oldest cemetery. This is one of the garden tours I look forward to every summer.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder

Wow, what a great bunch of gardens, Kathy!! I’m so glad you’ve shared them with us!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathy Vedder

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  1. pattyspencer 01/10/2013

    Nice! I really like the 2nd pic down on the 1st row. I've never been on a garden tour - maybe someday.

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    meander_michaele 01/10/2013

    What an absolute treasure of a community Union Hill must be. Garden tours are such a treat. As much as we each love our own gardens, it is so fun to get to stroll around some one else's and appreciate their efforts and vision. Looks like the houses in this area are filled with charm and personality...hmmm, the older I get, the more I love Victorian architecture. I'll bet that's a progression many others share.

  3. MichelleGervais 01/10/2013

    Ha! Meander1, I might be the exception to the rule. The older I get the more I look at Victorian houses like this and think about how much money it would cost to repaint them. But gosh, they are beautiful!

  4. wwross 01/10/2013

    Wow. This beautiful garden gives me some great ideas for plant and hard scape composition in a semi-urban, semi-formal context.

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    meander_michaele 01/10/2013

    Yes Michelle, you are sooo right when it comes to the cost and care of properly maintaining Victorian architecture. I guess I put myself in the passive appreciation category. I'm happy some others have the addiction although I know I could never be a worthy owner of those types of homes. When I was younger, I was drawn to sleek contemporary looks but I have evolved into more of a traditionalist.

  6. MichelleGervais 01/10/2013

    Meander1--I'm going in the opposite direction. I live in a house built in 1871 now, and I love it for the most part, but I dream of building a low, sleek modern house, super-insulated, with large overhangs and low-maintenance materials like a metal roof and cement board siding. I want a modern-leaning garden, too, and lots of containers!
    I really wish I could be passively appreciative (love that term--thank you!) of antique houses, but my hubby is in the construction field, so I know WAY too much about houses....and living in our house, with it's old-house needs, doesn't help.

  7. tractor1 01/10/2013

    Maybe I need new glasses but from looking at the past photos that house doen't look victorian at all, it's a very contemporary split level. The landscaping can pass for victorian but not the architecture. I remember that house very well by it's old world euro chimneys. Its trim can pass for Scandinavian.

  8. daisy8 01/10/2013

    Thank you for posting pictures from the Union Hill Garden Tour. I love going on garden walks for inspiration & great ideas although there are only a few in my area each year. I would love to see other pictures people have taken from past garden walks in their areas of the country. I also really love the second picture down on the first row with the focal point at the end of the path and the lovely blue hydrangea.

  9. tractor1 01/10/2013

    I like the second picture down on the right side because it contains that lovely blue sky, but then I noticed that oblisk that looks like the Washington monument, and then I noticed that what seems to be on the other side of that fence is a cemetery.

  10. sheila_schultz 01/10/2013

    What I like the most is that the visitors of these lush gardens help with the upkeep of the nearby cemetery. Pretty unusual, I'm guessing...
    Meander1 and Michelle, I know where you both are coming from. We've lived in a 100+ year old home and a 30 year old home... different eras, different problems. Loved them both, but I do miss the craftmanship and history of our 'old' place.

  11. KVgarden 01/10/2013

    You're correct, Tractor1, that is the cemetery on the other side of the fence.

  12. cwheat000 01/11/2013

    Thank you so much for the wonderful garden tour. One of my New Year's garden resolutions is to go on more tours this season.

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