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Residents take garden tour

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

HUNTINGTON — At the home of Joan and Sam St. Clair, high atop the city of Huntington on McCoy Road, a bubbling fountain was the only thing that broke the calm quiet, despite droves of people roaming the property.

The home was one of nine on the circuit for Saturday’s Huntington Junior League Garden Tour.

The curious and the ambitious stopped at every blooming bush, every landscape formation, to appreciate the beauty or to try and learn something they could attempt at their homes.

It was the picture of serenity, though Joan St. Clair admitted with a grin that it had been a fairly stressful day.

“We have not relaxed at all,” she said. “If I sit down and try to rest, I immediately see something that needs to be moved or changed.

“It’s stressful getting ready for so many people to come see your home, with the storm we had this week and just hoping everything would be out in bloom on time. Most of it worked out.”

Dixie Wilson, a member of the garden club, said the event had been going well Saturday, helped along by the good weather.

Touring the St.Clair’s home were Darrell and Polly Ferrell, who said they were looking for landscape designs and plants that might thrive at their home nearby.

“We just started last year doing some planting, and the deer just ate everything,” Darrell Ferrell said. “We’re trying to find things to plant that they don’t eat.”

“We also just started landscaping,” Polly Ferrell said. “So we’re looking for some ideas.”

St. Clair said she has found some plants that are “deer resistant,” but said she’s had her share of trouble with the ever-growing population.

“If you go around that corner you can see a pretty good example of deer damage,” she said.

Follow reporter Ben Fields on Twitter @BenFieldsHD.

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