Originally Published: September 3, 2012 9:39 p.m.
The Alta Vista Garden Club has a pleasant surprise in store for garden enthusiasts. The September Garden of the Month is a lovely rural setting in Chino Valley. Take this little road trip and you will discover a garden oasis at 2110 Koolridge Way. Hidden behind a dense hedge of evergreens, a circle drive leads you into Mike and Julie Clapp's little piece of paradise. There, an enchanting waterfall and koi pond, beckons you to cross the wooden bridge leading to a front porch that abounds with baskets of colorful New Wave petunias and sweet potato vines. This peaceful space was planned and developed by the homeowners over the five years they have lived at this property. The garden features a cool green lawn, weeping willow trees, carpet roses with white, purple and peach blooms and playful garden sculptures. Mike can usually be found outside tending to his garden and would be happy to give you a tour of the grounds.
Mike says that he has developed the property in sections with specially designated types of vegetation and garden accents. For example, a brick walkway leads through a gated trellis into the back yard where you will find creeping flocks, pots of dianthus, rose of Sharon and blue mist spiraea. A whimsical wishing well is the centerpiece and a natural attraction to all visitors. Mike built the wishing well from old street cobblestones he gathered while doing construction work in San Francisco. Soon your eye is drawn to a beautiful arbor and you find yourself peeking in to see an enclosed rose garden with beautiful Lady Banks roses, a statue and a bench for contemplation. In another area there is an inviting brick patio, surrounded by flowers, with lovely views of the distant mountains. Everywhere you turn, something charming waits to delight you. The south side of the home is designated as the vegetable garden with numerous raised beds. Mike has one bed filled only with delicious lemon cucumbers. The back portion of the two-acre property is developing as a fruit orchard and includes two unique dawn redwood trees. New sections are under development. Projects and dreams bloom at the Clapp home.
Directions are head north from Prescott on 89A, through Chino Valley. Turn left on Road 3 North at the MacDonald's. Continue about two miles to Koolridge Way. It is the third house on the left, #2110.
If you have a beautiful or unique front garden that you would like to share, call Sue of the Alta Vista Garden Club at 776-1632.