Garden of the Month: Goozee’s garden

​​Gerry and Sherwood Goozee’s garden on Great Oaks Drive. Photos by Larry Rosengren
May 25, 2022

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.

​​Gerry and Sherwood Goozee’s garden on Great Oaks Drive. Photos by Larry Rosengren

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.”

​​Gerry and Sherwood Goozee’s garden on Great Oaks Drive. Photos by Larry Rosengren

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.

​​Gerry and Sherwood Goozee’s garden on Great Oaks Drive. Photos by Larry Rosengren

The Ashland Garden Club has been selecting Gardens of the Month, from spring through early fall, since 2000. Nominations are gratefully received at aogardenclub@gmail.com. Check out the Club’s website at ashlandorgardenclub.org for information about meetings.

​​Gerry and Sherwood Goozee’s garden on Great Oaks Drive. Photos by Larry Rosengren

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