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Garden tour celebrates natures beauty

By Tamas Mondovics

Organizers of the long-anticipated Art in the Garden Tours that featured the work of local artists on and off the canvas could not have asked for a more beautiful day over the weekend to welcome a sizable crowd that sought to celebrate the county’s abundant beauty.
In advance of the special day, Johnson County Mayor Mike Taylor proclaimed the week of June 23 thru June 29 as Art Appreciation Week for Johnson County
According to artists and guests, the event combined the arts, music, and gardening, and was a partnership between the Johnson County Arts Council and the Johnson County Center for the Arts.
“It was a great success and has paved the way for more of such celebrations to come,” said local artist Lewis Chapman, who was just one of the number of artists that joined a musician in each garden, while visitors enjoyed discussions on growing different plants.

The daylong celebration began at 8:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Center for the Arts with the purchase of a ticket and, of course, coffee.
The garden tour was organized by Nancy Garrick and Evelyn Cook encouraging guests to visit each garden until noon.

A hat competition for Garden Hats and Fancy Hats with first, second, and third place winners, were also on the roster. The contest title went to Kelly Turner of Mountain City.
All were urged to join the party and celebrate the county with its beauty and Art. Proceeds will be used to benefit the Johnson County Center for the Arts.
“This special day was a treat for all the senses and was a great way to support the Art Center,” Garrick said.
The day’s success has prompted organizers and participants to begin planning for next year, and beyond; making Art in the Garden Tours an annual celebration.
Proceeds from the event will now go toward the Johnson County Center for the Arts’ building purchase.