June 26, 2011: OSGKC’s Annual Garden Tour

[Message from Glenn Lessenden, OSGKC Program Chair.]

Greetings everyone. We will do the grower’s tour a little different this year- a road trip! Actually, a nice afternoon trip to Lawrence is in the offing for Sunday afternoon, June 26.

We’ll start at Brian Donovan’s house, 449 Eldridge St, Lawrence Kansas to see his new light room. Then we’ll move 15 miles north of Lawrence to Al and Susie’s place, 4970 Saratoga Drive, McClouth. KS.

For those of you who don’t know, Al Clinton has been growing and hybridizing daylilies for a number of years and the last week of June is the peak bloom season for them. Thus an added benefit for a  Sunday Afternoon drive. Oh yes, let’s not forget the orchids at both locations.

Brian will be the first stop from 1:00pm- 2:00pm, and then on to Al and Susie’s from 2:30pm – 3:30pm. I hope to see everyone Sunday the 26th.


Additional information:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The tour begins with Brian’s collection:

Location: 449 Eldridge St., Lawrence, KS.

Directions: The house in on the west side of Lawrence and is northwest of the univesity. Brian writes, “Sixth St. [runs east/west] is the nearest cross street. Eldridge is just west of HyVee. Our house is on the left (green w/ cream trim).” Heading west, turn right off of Sixth onto Eldridge.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Susie Hanna and Al Clinton’s orchid collection and outside garden is the final stop on the tour:

Location: 4970 Saratoga Dr., McLouth, KS, at Lake Dabinawa.

Directions: Susie writes, “From Downtown Lawrence, go across the bridge heading north, past the East Lawrence Turnpike Exit, then follow these instructions.

“From the East Lawrence Turnpike Exit, go North on Hwy 24/59 for about three miles.  Road will curve to the West.  At the Midland Farm Store and Gas Station  (tall grain elevators), turn Right on the blacktop road, County Road 1400E or 1045 (but the sign is sometimes missing).

  • This road becomes Wellman Road at Jefferson County line, one mile north.  From Midland Junction, go 8.2 miles north to 54th Street.
  • You’ll see that the cross roads are numbered, and get larger as you go north.  54th Street is one mile north of 46th Street.  Turn Right on
  • 54th and go one mile East to Saratoga Drive.   You’ll see Lake
  • Dabinawa on your right/south as you drive along 54th Street. Turn Right and go South on Saratoga for about 7/10ths of a mile until you see our mailbox, 4970.  Our driveway is just before the mailbox on the left or East side of the Street.  There is an open, black metal gate at the drive way.

Susie adds that if you get lost, call her house: 785-550-0396 or 913-796-2262.


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