The final “Gardens of the Month” have been chosen by the Bedford County Garden Club for 2021.
Receiving the commercial award is Golden Eagle Inn Restaurant, located along Pitt Street in Bedford. Mary Jane and Tom Salmon, Martha Helfel, Suzette Ramsey, and Kathy Jones all work together at planting, weeding and watering the garden that is shared with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, located next door.
An assortment of perennials and annuals as well as various types of pumpkins await the fall guests. Included in the flower selection are devil’s trumpet, coleus, mums, sunflowers, canna lilies, geraniums, kale, lavender, house plants, Hosta, autumn sedum, sweet potato vine, and petunias. They also have a daylily garden.
Receiving the residential awards are Eric and Gretchen Martin of 339 E. Penn St., Bedford. The Martin home is one of the truly old Bedford homes. Built prior to the Civil War in 1827, the lawn extends from the back of the brick house to the alley below.
Eric and Gretchen bought the home in 2017 and have totally remodeled inside and added gardens both in front and back of the house. For fall festivities, Gretchen has pumpkins, petunias, angelonia, double impatience, various grasses, daylilies, bunnytail grass and the porch contains an array of healthy houseplants loving the outdoors until cooler weather.
The backyard has a pond with begonias, hydrangea, hibiscus, zinnias, roses, marigolds and Eric’s vegetable garden. There are two magnolia trees on the property. A gazebo provides a place for outdoor parties complete with a chandelier.
Eric says he helps with the planting, but Gretchen takes over from there.
The garden club has issued a reminder that tickets for the semi-annual Christmas Home Tour are now on sale from any club member at a cost of $12. The tour dates are Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.