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June 7, 2014

Garden tour benefits Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

STILLWATER, Okla. — Recent rains brightened the greenery around Stillwater with sunshine prevailing Saturday afternoon for “In the Garden,” a fundraiser tour for the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History.

Chairman Gayle Robinson created the unique event featuring two public gardens and 15 private gardens. Guests could step behind the locked gates of the Garden Pointe neighborhood in Boulder Creek to view garden displays. Several of the home gardeners were in their backyards to describe the landscaping. The history of the International Friendship Garden at the Stillwater Community Center was provided by Sister Cities Council member Larry Jones.

After the garden tours, a reception in the Sheerar Heritage and Cultural Center offered cuisine with fresh herbs created by volunteers Barbara Dunn, Adelia Hanson, Judy Hoberock, Nancy Patton, Ann Enix and Leanita Shelby. Museum board member and former Stillwater mayor Dr. Terry Miller said the food was generously donated.

“Volunteers are very important to the success of the museum,” said Director Ammie Bryant. “The ticket sales attracted people to the museum, including those not familiar with our mission, and we could share our history with a new audience.”

Malinda Fischer, ticket chairperson, said the event drew the maximum capacity.

Cloyann Fent said her husband, Lynn, bought her garden tour tickets as a Mother’s Day gift.

“It’s not something we typically have in the community and it’s a great opportunity to see beautiful gardens you would not have access to,” she said.

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