Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — Pears, apples and peaches were nearly ready to harvest at one home and flowers and fountains filled the grounds of another.
Despite a long, hot summer, gardens in Kaysville are full of color as the harvest approaches.
This year marks the second for the city-sponsored Yard and Garden Tour, which took place earlier this month.
Sixteen homes and gardens were open to those who came for ideas and inspiration.
“We want people to see how beautiful the yards of Kaysville are,” said Diane Morrell, a member of the Yard and Garden Civic Committee. “Maybe people who are new at gardening can get ideas from more experienced gardeners.”
The northwest corner of Samantha and Scott Simpson’s yard was bursting with vegetables and flowers. Fruit trees were artfully arranged on their home’s west side.
“I love working in the yard and making a place that feels like home,” said Samantha Simpson. “Having fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy way of living.”
Besides working in her yard, she and her family have been working for the past 11 years to restore the John Barnes home they now live in, which was built in 1884.
“We just love preserving the past,” she said.
Jim Cottrell is also preserving the past. His home, on land once farmed by a great uncle, is surrounded by flower beds that incorporate some of the machinery once used on the farm.
Antique pieces are accented by flowers of all shapes and colors. Buckets he and his wife, Lynetta, brought home from a mission to Vermont, have been made into water features.
The Kaysville Yard and Garden committee selects three yards a month during the summer to recognize at city council meetings.
“They are yards we feel go above and beyond in beautifying the area,” said Morrell.
More information and photos can be seen at kaysvilleyards.com.