Jody Braunschweig calls the array of gardens in her vast yard "interesting." If you look close in each of the themed gardens, you will find surprises - that will bring a smile to your face.
The Braunschweig yard is one of six that will be featured in the Alta Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Garden Tour which is set for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday with the same times.)
"I like it outside," Jody said, adding there is always something to do in the yard. "It seems there are always weeds to pick."
In the front yard, she has devoted a spot to the Red Hat Society, which she is a member of. Tiny purple and pink boots sit among the flowers; and hiding in one...well, you'll have to look for yourself.
A memory garden contains special items to remind her of loved ones who have passed away is one of her favorite spots. The entrance of the garden is an arbor, built by husband Paul. A chair, where her father-in-law used to sit, now has a special place and holds a beautiful flower. A cultivator that her father used decades ago sits among the wild flowers planted there. Bricks bordering the area once were afixed to the old Peterson School, where she and Paul were educated. Tea cups and saucers once belonging to a favorite aunt now serve as bird feeders. A John Deere tractor sign, to remind her of her father and brother's love of the green machines, sits graciously among angels and even turtles.
The front porch is a fine place to sit and watch what's going on and a fine place to keep her goldfish pond.
In memory of her sister, a flower box has been filled with her favorite flowers. A stone with the words, "A sister's love is for all seasons," sits among them.
In the back yard, "there's a little bit of everything," Jody said. There is a Martin feeder, a squirrel feeder and there are many bird feeders.
Her Western garden was started after she purchased an antique hitching post, similar to the ones she used to see in Sutherland when she visited her grandfather. Many items have since been added, with the Western flavor.
The cactus garden's focus point is no doubt the long-horned cow skull which the couple picked up at a store in Texas last winter. (Don't be alarmed, the piece is man-made!) Many of the cacti once were inside the Braunschweig home but are now enjoying the hot sun.
A step or two away is a butterfly garden with many bright and fragrant flowers, including Snap Dragons and Petunias, that attract the butterflies. Two butterfly houses in the area were occupied by many Monarchs this spring.
Jody keeps Paul busy creating wood pieces to hold potted plants and making flowers out of old machines; and he doesn't mind, if it's not during golfing season!
He, too, enjoys the garden but gives credit for Jody on how beautiful the yard is.
"It's relaxing," she said of spending time in the gardens, "and it keeps me busy and out of trouble."
A member of the Chamber of Commerce, Jody was happy to offer her yard as one for others to tour.
"I enjoy it and maybe someone else will get an idea from me."
A new addition to the Chamber's many projects, she hopes the tour will be well-attended.