The painterly garden of Bonnie Moreno, here viewed from the balcony, presents a personal palate of textures and colors optimizing light and shade working with gifts from friends and birds.

They are gardener’s gardeners, the seven men and women participating in the annual New River Valley Garden Tour 2019 this Saturday, July 6, opening their dappled lawns, sunny borders, shady paths, sweet gates and sweeping vistas, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in rain or shine, for visitors to admire, learn or just stroll.

In an alliance that blends brains and beauty, much like a good garden, the tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library and the New River Valley Master Gardeners’ Association.

Two public gardens, Beth’s Garden at The Montgomery Museum of Art & History (300 S. Pepper Street) and its neighbor, the hidden gem at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (103 E. Main Street) both in Christansburg, will be open.

Also on the tour is the six-acre Unitarian Universalist garden (1301 Glade Road) in Blacksburg. Bonnie Moreno helped design its labyrinth and meditation path. This year, her own garden is on the tour.

“I do love sharing it,” she says from the basil and fuschia-filled balcony above her Christiansburg oasis. “It’s one of the reasons I’m doing this. I think, if you do all that work you want to share it.”

Viewed from the balcony, her intensely managed garden is heavily productive. Edibles and ornamentals surround the pink…

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