New Life Christian School hosts garden tours

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

New Life Christian School is hosting a five-house garden tour on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are located throughout the Eel River Valley.

Susan Horner-Natt of NLCS said, "Come take a leisurely stroll through five beautiful, local gardens in Ferndale, Fortuna, Hydesville, and Rio Dell, all while enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch and an afternoon tea."

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Fortuna Feed, Pierson's in Eureka, Nilsen Company in Ferndale, Miller Farms in McKinleyville, and New Life Christian School at 1202 Ross Hill Road in Fortuna.

The theme of the event is "Enter the Garden," where you will stroll through amazing gardens, break for a beautiful barbecue, and settle in the afternoon with a cup of tea.

Ferndale makes a showing at the home of John and Patsy Miranda at 1943 Port Kenyon Road. The Mirandas have a large collection of different flowers including geraniums, begonias, dahlias and other beautiful plants.

"Breathe in the fragrance as you walk through these wonderful gardens in the Ferndale Countryside," Horner-Natt said.

Fortuna does not go unnoticed with its redwood forest nestled garden presented by Bob and Sue Crane at 147 Watson Lane off Loop Road. The Cranes ask that you park in the field marked by the orange cones. This garden features a wide variety of fruit trees, a hillside terrace, and raised bed vegetable gardens that supply the Cranes and friends.

"There are a few unusual plants including an Australian Beronia Bush. You might also discover a rhododendron or rose in an old stump around the property," Horner-Natt said.

Cal and Cindy Fisher at 210 Bellview Avenue in Rio Dell will not only be sharing their beautiful garden, but will be playing host for the event's barbecue. The Fishers ask that you park at the Rio Dell Assembly of God Church, described as the big yellow church on the left, with shuttles leaving every 15 minutes to transport visitors to the garden. As you enter the garden you see espaliered fruit trees as you walk down the terraced hillside layered with a variety of berries.

"You will cross a grape-covered bridge into a yard designed to attract butterflies, birds, and dragonflies," Horner-Natt said. "Please gaze upon a formal fish pond, lush flower beds, and numerous fruit trees that would entice any gardener."

The barbecue will take place at the Fishers home from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rio Dell makes a second appearance with the home of George and Peggy Patmore at 510 Painter St., which is also the location of River House Assisted Living.

"This peaceful garden is set along the shore of the Eel River featuring four 100 foot Monterey pine trees that provide shade in the summer and create summer breeze music," Horner-Natt said.

As you stroll along the rambling walkway, you will see many varieties of plants and flowers while enjoying the view of the bluffs and many fruit trees.

The final stop is the Hydesville home of Gene and Diana Godinho at 2575 Quail Hill Road. Gene Godinho shows the many varieties of dahlias in their yard at the Humboldt County Fair. The front and sweeping hillside gardens display a collection of begonias and fuchsias.

"Diana Godinho has a vegetable garden where food for her family and blessings for other are grown," Horner-Natt said.

The Godinhos will be hosting the afternoon tea from 2 to 4 p.m. and many of their dahlias will be available for purchase.

Those who purchase tickets and can attend the garden tour homes in any order they would like between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you would like to attend the barbecue or afternoon tea, you will need to attend those homes during those designated times.

For more information on the event contact New Life Christian School at 725-9136,, or

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Those who attend the garden tour hosted by New Life Christian School will visit the spectacular home of Cal and Cindy Fisher in Rio Dell, where guests will enjoy a barbecue.