If you’re apt to feel garden envy, this may not be the tour for you; but if you enjoy gathering ideas for beautifying your own slice of heaven then this is the place to be on a gorgeous Colorado morning!
The Loveland Garden Tour is an annual event which allows folks to visit a handful of impressive private-residence gardens that have been dotted with local artists’ work. You may not be able to bottle up the gorgeous gardens and take them home, but you are welcomed to purchase any of the artist pieces you fancy. In fact, I couldn’t help myself and bought a beautiful antique brass porch light in which the glass covers have been replaced by works of art, curated and assembled by Loveland artist Olivia Lowe. When the lantern is off, you see delicate, French seed packet designs and when the lantern is on you can see comical vintage American seed packets (Mr. Cabbage Head and other hand-drawn veggie characters) superimposed underneath. I am mad about it! I’ll have to post a photo once I have it in my hot little hands.
Silent auction of beautifully painted garden chairs.
A garden piece by Sharon Shuster Anhorn
Wonderful Loveland artists David Young and Kim Leszczynski, and my sweet hubby, Jason!
Another piece by Sharon Shuster Anhorn.
Garden markers by Loveland artist Dixie Straight
I so wish I could bring this badboy home. It’s so cheerful! I wish I’d have made note of the artist’s name.
I apologize, I didn’t catch this artist’s name. Beautiful piece though!
For a fabulous outdoor shoot: Add one part gorgeous weather, one part inspiring location, and two parts charming subject. Shake well and serve up with a garnish of adorable tag-along little sister for grins and giggles. 🙂
Thank you, Linnea, for an enjoyable morning and for coming all the way from Alaska just to have me take your photos. (yes, okay, so they might have actually been here for a wedding – but it still made my day!)
As I got out of the car at Viestenz-Smith park and began assembling my equipment for the day’s shoot I thought to myself, as I generally do before shooting big events, “please, let this go smoothly today!”
At that exact moment it began to rain; and then I heard someone scream “bear!”.
Thankfully it was a short rain, and thankfully it was only a baby bear who had wandered down to find food and water via the many park visitors’ refuse. And lastly, thankfully my bride and groom were both good sports about the bear. We simply skirted around it to take our photos. If baby bear went North, we circled around the pond to the South – I was happy enough with that mode of operation, while always keeping one eye in the viewfinder and one on the lookout for mama bear.
All in all, the day was beautiful. I met one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and their reception was filled with hilariously fun loved ones.
Thanks, Brit and Stacey, for allowing me to witness your love story for a day 🙂