Weekend garden tour, quilt show will support Del Norte Habitat for Humanity

Folks looking for a quiet respite over the weekend are invited to tour some of Del Norte's hidden gardens.

The Del Norte Habitat for Humanity Garden Tour will take place on Sunday at six homes in the Fort Dick area. This year, in addition to touring a redwood garden, an Asian garden and a greenhouse full of fuchsias, more than 50 quilts will also be on display, said Chris Owen, vice president of the local Habitat board.

"We had more quilts offered than we could manage," Owen said, adding that all the quilts were created by local artists. "It's going to be an amazing feat to get them up and situated."

Vendors will also be at the various locations selling garden art. There will be a free raffle as well as refreshments, Owen said.

Del Norte Habitat for Humanity formed in 1996 and since then has built four houses, said Carol Matthews, the local Habitat board's treasurer. The organization's most recent project was built for Israel and Eustolia Luna and their family in Smith River.

Habitat for Humanity is currently in the fundraising and planning stages for a fifth house, which will be on Peveler Avenue in the Bertsch Tract south of Crescent City. Matthews said as soon as they have enough money to start building the house, Habitat for Humanity will begin a search for a family to live in it.

"We publicize as well as we can, in the paper, the radio, agencies and churches," Matthews said. "We publicize a series of workshops and we spread them over days and times, and at the workshops we present information about Habitat and how the program works."

Volunteers give out an application to those interested in a Habitat for Humanity home, Matthews said.

"We call our families partners, and they have to partner with us from the get-go," she said.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes for low-income families who are legal United States residents living in poor, dangerous or inadequate housing, Matthews said. A family has to be able to save up a small down payment as well as pay the utilities and the upkeep of the home they receive. They must also put in sweat equity by chipping in with the home's construction, she said.

Matthews said Habitat for Humanity families should also be involved with the organization by coming to events and volunteering in other ways.

When asked what the new house will look like, Matthews said they don't begin to plan the house until a recipient family has been identified.

"Until we know how many people are in the family and ifsaid. "And generally speaking they are relatively basic homes. They're not really fancy and they're not huge."

When planning the Garden Tour, Owen said the organization would hear of interesting gardens from neighbors or by spotting home while driving by. Previous tours have been held in Hiouchi and Gasquet.

The locations include:

andbull; Jay and Nancy Chernak, 241 Earl Street

andbull; Aurise Eaton, 160 Wier Street

andbull; Lisandeacute; Hamilton, 6615 Kings Valley Road

andbull; Colleen and Fred Miramontes, 221 Kim Way

andbull; Mark and Delfie Danner, 211 Kim Way

andbull; Rich and Ranie Garvin, 6950 South Bank Road

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at each of the garden locations or in advance in at Johnston's Gift Garden and Home, Del Norte Office Supply or Dutch Gardener.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers will also have a booth at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Saturday.

Raffle tickets, refreshments and vendors will be available at the Miramontes' home. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Folks do not need to be present to win.

For more information, call Chris Owen at 954-5119.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com.