Ashland Garden Club’s featured garden for May
By Ruth Sloan
The beautiful and colorful landscape at 595 Great Oaks Drive is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for May. It’s the home of Gerry and Sherwood Goozee, located at the southwest corner of Great Oaks Drive and Mountain Meadows Drive.
Sherwood has been gardening here for nine years, moving from a 42-acre ranch near Ukiah, California where he planted 100 trees. At 94 years old, Sherwood has slowed down a little, but he still mows the lawn! Sherwood now has help from their friend Denise Moffatt, who weeds and plants as directed by Sherwood. He says he still loves “playing in the dirt.”
Sherwood is an artist (check out his gorgeous paintings of flowers and other things at goozeepaintings.weebly.com) and it shows in his love of color in the garden. Azaleas, rhododendrons, Irish roses, and — right now — dogwood flourish. Two eastern oak trees anchor the yard. Early in their residence, Sherwood removed many large bushes that he felt had not added much to the overall display. He certainly got it all right.
The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from spring through early fall, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Club’s website at ashlandorgardenclub.org for information about meetings.