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Dory’s Garden: Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate…Literally!

By Barbara King

It’s literally a cornucopia for the gardener’s imagination, and it’s right off the Brick Streets of Tyler.

What was originally a hobby for landscape architect, Dory Hersey, has bloomed into a flourishing “backyard oasis,” meant specifically for stop and smell the flowers moments.

Garden artist Dory is celebrating the one year move from the Brick Streets to her current home and garden location and loving every minute of sharing and inspiring others to visit and enjoy the park-like setting. Driving up to the corner of Augusta and Rusk Streets, guests are immediately made welcome by the outside porch entrance to the “Garden Fancy” boutique shop, which is literally in Dory’s front parlor. Here you will find everything garden from colorful clothing and Seattle spiced tea to candles to succulents. It’s a warm, inviting cozy space where you will want to wander and discover scents and images. Dory has also created her own unique cards and calendars featuring her striking floral photos.

Dory’s passion for people and plants as living art is apparent around every corner in the outdoor space. Your entrance to the “secret garden” begins by entering under the lavender gate as Dory’s personal mantra becomes apparent: “Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate.” Following the gate is a colorful Morse code walkway leading to a ½ acre visual plethora of pots, plants, and garden paraphernalia. Signs throughout the garden tell the story, “Smell the Roses,” “Perennial Picks,” and “Under the Sea-dum.”

It’s a peaceful, lush space designed for sitting, walking, and gazing, complete with tables and chairs, where guests are encouraged to “bring their lunch and coffee and stay and enjoy the outdoors,” said Dory. The garden is the perfect tactile experience, as Dory says, “I wants my guests to touch and feel the flowers, pots, and plants and imagine how they would look in their own home.”

Dory’s Gardens was created for the exchange of ideas and inspirations, and Dory is the conduit for your gardening dream to become a reality. Dory’s personality looms large in the garden, and visitors are greeted with warmth as the conversation turns into a one-on-one tour of the garden. Dory inspires networking and sharing, so once a month she hosts a “stalk exchange” on the second Saturday of the month, and the garden transforms into a plant swap meet. Refreshments are served while you roam around to find new flowers, and gardeners are encouraged to bring extra starts and bulbs to trade.

Mother and daughter duo Morgan Chaney and Karen Nelson, who live in the neighborhood, love the “peaceful spirit” of the garden and Dory’s knowledge of “what works and what doesn’t in a garage apartment space,” said Morgan. They have also taken advantage of Dory’s unique workshops, held on the fourth Saturday of the month, recently finishing a colorful terrarium, utilizing different varieties of plants that look great in the apartment, according to Karen. The classes change monthly, usually ranging from $15-$20 with all material supplied, and you walk away with a floral treasure for your home. Private classes are also available with a minimum of four guests.

Bring your own container or buy a pot at the garden, and Dory will help pick out the perfect arrangement of plants suited to your lifestyle. The first Friday of every month, Dory picks featured flowers in their prime, so choice is great for new blooms to add to your beds.

The garden is the perfect destination for a family outing too, with hands-on play areas including a maze for kids and the very kid-friendly pond with the opportunity to feed the goldfish in the fountain. The garden has tons of seating areas to relax, but it’s not too spread out that you can’t keep an eye on the kids.

Dory promotes her love of the community by featuring ceramics, jewelry, birdhouses, and other items by local artisans. The garden is chock full of unique plants, herbs, shrubs, garden décor, outdoor furniture, tools, pots, and vibrant color as far as the eye can see.

Troy and Hillary McFarland, who were touring Tyler on a day trip from Dallas, did a Google search on “flowers” and found Dory. They brought their coffee and took a leisurely stroll around the garden, even though Hillary said, “We kill all of our plants and definitely don’t have green thumbs.” The couple said they were “amazed that this garden existed in an established neighborhood like this; what a great surprise! We were so thrilled that Dory spent the time to visit with us and explain the gardens,” said Hillary. The Dallas couple left happy with succulents and church window art for their home.

You can plan a private party in the garden or a dress-up birthday tea party with crumpets for kids with Dory’s guidance and creativity for a memory that will never be forgotten.

“Guests who visit become my new friends, and most come back and will sit and read, knit, enjoy a hot drink, or sit under the trees to feed birds and squirrels,” Dory said.

Visit Dory’s Gardens, and let your imagination soar! Dory’s Gardens is located at 600 W. Rusk St. (at Augusta). Dory’s Gardens is open Thursday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. For more info call (903)330-4663, dorysgardens.com, or look for Dory’s Gardens on Facebook.

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July 4th, Freedom Fighter 5K plus Other Runs & More

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July 4th: Freedom Fighter 5K – Back at Bergfeld Park, come and celebrate the 4th of July holiday with a 5K benefiting Boot Campaign. This year, you are given an opportunity to either give an additional monetary donation, purchase one of the patriotic, awesome shirts Boot Campaign offers at the event, or in their online store. Finisher medals and a free kids dash will be given. Visit Boot Campaign’s online store at shop.bootcampaign.org. Registration is currently active at endurancecui.active.com or by emailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

September 7th: 2019 Zero Prostate Cancer Run – ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. The 2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Tyler features a 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register go to facebook.com/events/150419065873530.

September 21st: Tyler Gold Run 5K – Join the run with a cause – to end childhood cancer! This year, they have added a 14K Gold distance in addition to the chip-timed 5K and untimed Family Fun Run! This will begin at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Tyler Gold Run 5K is a family event. Run or walk for a great cause: to raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer awareness. All proceeds will benefit Childhood Cancer Families, both locally and toward research.Register at tylergoldrun.com.

October 12th: 2019 Corkscrew Wine Run – Registration is now open and ready for you to snag your spot to run a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon at Kiepersol Winery! Runners will receive a participant shirt, finisher medal, and quite the after party featuring Kiepersol’s best! A percentage of the race proceeds will benefit Pierre’s Mane Mission, which supports Tyler’s Breckenridge Village. For more info go to facebook.com/events/2103389469683714.

October 12th: Harvest Hustle 5K Lindale – The annual event is always fun for all ages. A portion of proceeds will benefit David Powell Food Pantry, LISD Foundation, Lindale Fire Department, and Lindale Library. For more info go to lindalechamber.org or facebook.com/events/2096137673785407.

October 26th: Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon – Come join for the 2nd annual ADVENTUM™ Mindfulness Triathlon at True Vine Brewing, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. ADVENTUM™ offers a stigma free experience that builds community and connects people with local resources to elevate mental health. The Adventum™ Mindfulness Triathlon aims to remove barriers for those hurting in our community. This triathlon starts with a 2-mile walk/run and transitions to a 45-minute mindfulness yoga session led by beFree Yoga. After the yoga session, Scott Martin from East Texas Stress Reduction Clinic will lead you through a 20-minute guided meditation. After the triathlon, grab yourself a True Vine beer and check out all of the local sponsors and resources who want to support you in your mental health journey. This year, a Kids Mindfulness Triathlon event has been added to highlight children’s mental health. The Kids event will start at 11:15am with a 100 yard run/walk, a 20 minute minute yoga session by beFree yoga and a 10 minute mindfulness session at the end. Register at facebook.com/events/1103850256451927/.

November 28th: 2019 Turkey Trot – The Tyler Turkey Trot was established in 2003 and continues to be a staple in the community on Thanksgiving morning. The event consists of a 5K and a Kids’ Race, and is held at Racquet & Jog located at 5403 S Broadway Ave., Tyler. The Tyler Turkey Trot is a tradition for many Tyler area families on Thanksgiving morning who want to do something healthy and helpful. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and burn calories before the big meal! For more details, visit tylerturkeytrot.com or email hello@tylerturkeytrot.com.

November 28th: Lindale Turkey Trot – Join for the first ever Lindale Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving! The 5K race will start and finish at EJ Moss Intermediate School on Eagle Spirit Drive. Bring your entire family and make this your new Thanksgiving tradition! To register go to facebook.com/events/830327720634429 or secure.getmeregistered.com.

December 1st: 2019 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through Tyler. This race gives athletes a tour of the Rose City of Tyler with a finish at the iconic TB Butler Fountain Square in downtown Tyler. The 5k will also begin at TB Butler Fountain Square. A fantastic after party featuring terrific entertainment, food and adult beverages will be held. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566.

December: Remembering Pearl Harbor 5K – Held at Tyler Joint Force Battalion, Tyler, this 5K will have a Pancake Breakfast, a sleep-in option, and the 5K Run. Register at getmeregistered.com. The Pearl Harbor Remembrance 5K run and 1-mile fun run will benefit the US Sea Cadets Tyler Joint Force Battalion.

December 7th: 2019 CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, Jacksonville Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run – Bring the family out to this fun holiday tradition, run with bells on (provided), and maybe even see Santa fly in on a helicopter! Register at tri365.com.

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June 15th: Ranch of Dreams, Fun, and Animals

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The Fund for Animals is the largest and most diverse network of animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers in the country. Now you have the opportunity to schedule a tour at the flagship sanctuary, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, right here in east Texas. This facility is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas that was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 CR 3806 Murchison, TX 75778. Tours this month are:

June 15th, 29th (9am and 1pm): Ranch of Dreams Tour – You’ll go on an inspirational journey through 1,400 acres of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to see and hear about more than 800 domestic and exotic animals that have been saved from lives of neglect and abuse. This bus tour will take you past dynamic enclosures and rolling pasture. Your guide will share a video presentation, and you’ll learn why many of the animals needed to be rescued and came to be at the ranch. While we can’t guarantee sightings of specific residents, you may see Penelope, a pot-bellied pig found wandering down a street after being abandoned; or Midge, a male chimp previously used in hepatitis research. The sanctuary is not a zoo and is not open to the public other than by small, pre-scheduled, guided tours to respect the peace and privacy of the animals.

June 15th (9am): Social Impact Experience at Cleveland AmoryBlack Beauty RanchAt this event, you’ll go on an inspirational journey and experience the social impact Amory Black Beauty Ranch has on the community. During this experience, we’ll explore the history of this fascinating organization and share the stories of the diverse animals who live here. Depending on the animals, you will get to experience one of the following activities: interacting with pigs, horse grooming, enriching primates, or learning about tigers.

Regular tour individual adult tickets are $49, student/active military tickets are $39. Additional under 18 tickets are $20. Family package (two adults and four children) are $150. Children under 3 are free, as long as they can sit on your lap. All tours must be prepaid. Tickets are available at fundforanimals.org or call (903)469-3811.

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