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Marie Johnson and Debbie Gray
Joan and Richard Norman
8209 Bivans Road, Dorsey, Illinois 62021
5 Monterey Place, Alton, Illinois 62002
The gardens are at the home of Bud and Marie Johnson
Seventeen years ago a daylily gift from church friends
(that is also a family business) enhanced by the efforts of
piqued an interest in flower gardening, especially daylilies,
their daughter Debbie Gray. Beds of daylilies and iris are
for this couple.
backed by tall trees. Only the most attractive plants reside
A large curving bed along the driveway introduces the
here. (The garden is also known as the Meridian Garden.)
visitor to the garden which continues to develop since Dr.
The Johnson property is extensive with room for expansion
Norman retired, and the couple has now over 375 cultivars.
for this busy family. A large deck fronts their home,
Blue salvia is a favorite accent.
allowing them to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The back of the house is sheltered by a woods that forms a
very private and delightful hideaway in the middle of town.
An archway sets off one of the many beds. A shade garden
with an oriental water feature made by Dr. Norman repre 
sents ideas the couple found during many trips to the
Orient. A bench provides the opportunity to appreciate the
serenity of this garden. A favorite daylily of Joan's is
TANGERINE CORDUROY, and Dick prefers WATER 
MELON MOON.
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Dan and JoAnn White
2457 Kinder Place, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034
The Johnson   Gray Garden
Visitors will find these gardens to be a spectacular site.
The Whites' gardens are situated on a lake surrounded by
trees with a dock and boat inviting one to explore. There is
Note:
Richard Norman of Alton, Illinois, provided all
so much to see here: Not every garden has a red barn for an
photos for the Region 2 Summer Meeting tour gardens.
accent. The Whites are also collectors of antiques, and the
The Normans' Garden
The Whites' Garden
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 Spring/Summer 2003

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