Carrington yard tour next week

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A lot of metal art and "junk" is distributed throughout the many flower gardens in Douglas and Jennifer Wede's rural yard. John M. Steiner / The Sun

If you go

What: Carrington Medical Center Auxiliary's yard and garden self-guided tour

When: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; if inclement weather will be July 25

Where: 6 residences in/near Carrington; refreshments, 8 p.m. at Paul Richter home

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of tour, available at the Garden Gate, Carrington Chamber Office, Happy Heart Gift Shop, Carrington Drug and Central Pharmacy in Carrington and New Rockford and Auxiliary board members; at tour sites on the day of the tour.

Gardens on the tour

A. Susan "Arnie" Adam, 555 7th St. South


Donna and Dallas Anderson, 656 2nd St. North

Kay and Wade Evans, 560 5th Ave. South

Carla and Dennis Hagel, 405 Highway 281 NE

Patti Vivier and Paul Richter, 1075 3rd St. South

Jennifer and Douglas Wede, 645 Highway 281 SE


CARRINGTON, N.D. - Six yards featuring gardens, water features and art will be open for viewing next week during the Carrington Medical Center Auxiliary's yard and garden self-guided tour.

Renee Riedesel, co-chair of the tour with Bernadine Anderson, said the proceeds from the event will be used to purchase medical equipment for CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center. The event is held every three years, rotating with a golf tournament and Christmas home tour.


The following yards are on the tour:

  • A. Susan "Arnie" Adam has been working to remove the lawn from her yard and is dedicated to organic ways to treat problems. Her front yard features numerous shrubs and rose bushes while her backyard includes raised beds for vegetables, annuals and perennials. She has also planted a number of trees since moving there in 2015.
  • Kay and Wayne Evans' yard features a new large deck that the couple added last year. The yard has multiple flowerbeds, a pond with fish and a unique potting bench Wayne made for Kay based on her drawings. Look for garden art and birdhouses.
  • Patty Vivier and Paul Richter have multiple concrete statues in their yard that they have collected. Since moving there in 2011, they started planting trees, flowers and shrubs. They also have unique step planters for flowers.
  • Carla and Dennis Hagel's yard features garden art, large rocks, evergreen trees, perennials and grasses, which they say are easy to maintain. The couple's home also has a covered patio and built-in grill, where Carla says they spend a lot of time during the summer. A large bell that Carla's mother purchased from St. James Grade School in New Rockford when it was being torn down is a keepsake in the backyard.
  • Donna and Dallas Anderson use a drip irrigation system to tend to the large homemade planters that Dallas created that are near the driveway as well as the flowerbeds and shrubs in the yard. Donna can control the drip watering system with an app on her phone. A new shade garden was planted this year under an Ohio buckeye tree and two existing beds were expanded.
  • Jennifer and Douglas Wede (pronounced wade) live on a farm where Jennifer has planted numerous perennials, annuals and shrubs. "I collect old toys," she said, and they can be found throughout the large flowerbeds near the home. She likes old wheelbarrows and loves flowers, deliberately planting purple, red and orange colors for butterflies. "I'm what I call 'the random gardener,'" she said. "I just put it wherever."

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