The Hudson Garden Club Home & Garden Tour is a long-standing tradition for the community -- in fact, it's been going on for 67 years.
The tour, which ran June 12 and 13, offered eight different sites to visitors, ranging from a home filled to the brim with antiques to a backyard packed with entertainment options.
At press time, the final number of tickets sold hasn't been calculated, but Hudson Garden Club President Bronwyn Pierson said they sold approximately 25 percent more tickets than the 2013 tour, despite having spotty weather.
The tour attracted a wide variety of people, from Hudson residents to home and garden enthusiasts from across the Northeast Ohio area.
"We three are gardeners. We come to look for new ideas," said Judy Woudenberg, who came to the tour with two friends who are fellow gardeners. "It's a really nice thing to do."
As a first-timer on the tour, I was very impressed with both the variety of homes and gardens on the tour and also the uniqueness of each. The different perspectives left me walking away with many ideas for future home projects.
The first stop of my tour was the King home. The home boasts a chef's kitchen, which was renovated to fit the families needs, and includes two stovetops, two ovens and a breakfast nook. The family room also houses a unique treasure -- a wooden telephone booth from the old Saywell's Drug Store on Main Street.
The highlight of the Harter home was the tennis court in the backyard, which could be easily viewed from inside the home or at the outdoor seating area. The court is placed on a spacious amount of land which was envied by many of those on the tour.
The Howlett family has been collecting antiques for nearly 50 years, which shows with the vast array of items. My favorite pieces included a rocker from Case Barlow Farm, a pie safe that hides the television and a collection of candlesticks on the mantle.
The neatest part of the Vidmar home is an old bank fire door, which separates the kitchen from the sunroom. The family also has a old wooden workbench re-purposed to be a unique holder for wine bottles and glasses.
At the Trattner home, I enjoyed the families large collection of "T"s, which could be found in virtually every home. The house also featured an in-law's suite, which was found upstairs and has a small living room, bathroom and bedroom -- with a perfect view of the backyard patio.
The garden at McShu Lane is an outdoor wonderland. The backyard has a serene pool, bocce court and large entertainment pavilion, along with other pergola structures throughout the yard with other seating areas.
The Hilty garden has a large variety of hostas with interesting names, including Captain Kirk and Vulcan. I also loved the wine bottles that decorated the yard -- a few are even used as hummingbird feeders.
At the Maguire garden, my favorite part was the two fairy gardens that brought a touch of Ireland to Hudson. It was completed with lots of beautiful stonework.
"Guests seemed pleased with the variety of homes and gardens, and there was a tour stop to satisfy everyone," Pierson said in an email. "[Tour co-chairs Lois James and Cindy Nygaard] received great feedback about the flower arrangements, picked and arranged by the club and local volunteers from Hudson gardens, with comments like 'best they have ever been' and 'amazing.'"
Flower arrangements were found in each home, and complemented the style and flair given off in each home, whether it meant using wicker baskets to mimic the furniture or incorporating pearls that are featured on artwork in the home.
"I heard several comments from attendees that felt inspired to go home and try something new in their own homes and gardens," said Pierson.