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Bigger crowd this year for garden tour

Peyton Hendrix, 10, admires the rocky waterfall in the back-yard garden of Larry Haworth and Jesse Soto situated in a 40-acre almond orchard.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/Bulletin Correspondent/

POSTED May 16, 2017 12:17 a.m.

Smiling from ear to earth, Larry Haworth welcomed visitors to his home gardens. To some lucky guests, he handed a strip of six tickets for the drawing of door prizes at the conclusion of yet another Manteca Garden Tour held Saturday the eve of Mother’s Day.
Haworth, a Manteca almond farmer, purchased the 120 tickets cut into six-ticket lengths. He gave them all away save for only two that he intended to enter into the drawing. It was his small way of helping the Manteca Garden Club raise money for its many projects such as scholarships and beautification projects, he explained.
Such generosity was among several factors which played a big role in the uptick of garden tour ticket sales this year, noted Manteca Garden Club president Paula Elias. Publicity from the Bulletin also contributed to the success of the event, she added. She also reported an increase in the number of drawing tickets sold by 70 percent.
The garden attractions on the roster though was the big magnet for the impressive turnout this year. The lineup offered a cross section of the many gardening styles that everyone can incorporate in their own horticulture projects at home. Four of the homes featured were in the gated community of Camellia Gardens on East Yosemite Avenue. They were all located near each other in the street aptly named Garden Drive. Their gardening concepts showed how one can maximize the visual effects one can achieve in a small tract-home area.
How to apply that gardening technique on a country spread was demonstrated by the two properties situated in a rural setting. One case in point was the two-acre property of Gary and Kathy Dei Rossi in rural Northeast Manteca. Divide and creatively conquer was the technique utilized by the Dei Rossis which, in the process, resulted in a park-like setting.
Haworth and Soto, whose gardens are the visual highlights in the 40-acre almond orchard that envelope their property, also showed what avid gardeners can do if they have the luxury of space.
The Manteca Garden Tour is held every year on the eve of Mother’s Day. It is the only fund-raiser sponsored by the club which is responsible for a number of beautification projects in the city such as the Memorial Rose Garden at the Manteca Senior Garden and the landscaping around the Manteca Public Library, plus scholarships to high school students.

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