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Garden Club Has Fine Day For Tour

Making a farewell visit yesterday to some of the gardens of special autumn beauty, the Ann Arbor Garden club members had a perfect fall day to make the occasion a success. Although some of the more fragile flowers were damaged by the rain of Saturday, most of the Michigan blooms of this season are sturdy and rapid in their recovery, and the hybrid tea and polyantha roses, the dahlias, ageratum, annuals, and chrysanthemums made a brave show even with the rival brilliance of the colored foliage.

The tour started at the home of Prof. and Mrs. William C. Hoad on Melrose Ave., where evergreen plantings and shrubs were attractions, and much interest was shown in the dipper gourds.

Two Gardens Opened

Two gardens near this one were opened to the visitors yesterday for the first time, those of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Lighthall on Melrose and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Evans on Devonshire. Both have beautiful rose displays, the Lighthall place having a rose-bordered path just off a terrace. The pin oak also was noteworthy. The long sweep of lawn back of the Evans house was of interest to garden designers and the dahlias rivaled the rose display.

The garden at the home of Mrs. Clement W. Gill on Cambridge Rd. is one of the very old gardens in town, with a fine basis in the evergreens and shrubs, with marigolds in abundance for a fresh accent, and with chrysanthemums just coming out.

Only the beauties of the formal garden and the zinnias and other annuals in the cutting garden, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Inglis, the first of three places on Highland Rd., could have enticed the visitors from admiring the autumn colors of shrubs and trees around the house and far out over the hills. Delphiniums, ageratum and lantanas were particularly fine and the pungent little herbs underfoot added to the charm of the visit.

Brilliant Blue Fruit

The rose garden of Dr. and Mrs. Bradley M. Patten was of outstanding beauty, and they have an unusual specimen of a porcelain berry vine with brilliant fruit of turquoise blue.

The tour ended at the home of Dr. and Mrs. R. Wallace Teed, where the visitors had fruit punch and cakes on the terrace overlooking the garden and the hills beyond that are beginning to glow with yellow and scarlet tints. The garden is interesting in its structure of varied levels with terrace plantings above rock walls and little paths. The roses and dahlias were noteworthy, Dr. Teed having many plants of the single or partially single dahlias and the dwarf dahlias in brilliant new colors.

Mrs. Teed was assisted in serving the punch by her daughter, Grace. On the table was a large shallow crystal dish in which she had arranged three specimen blooms of orange and red dahlias in the quill and shaggy types.