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Kodiak Garden Club home tour returns for another edition
by James Brooks
Aug 03, 2012 | 102 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dottie Holm shows off her garden Wednesday, August 1, 2012 on Spruce Cape Road. The longtime gardener is part of this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour.
(James Brooks photo)
Dottie Holm shows off her garden Wednesday, August 1, 2012 on Spruce Cape Road. The longtime gardener is part of this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour. (James Brooks photo)
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Flowers in Dottie Holm's greenhouse are silhouetted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by the view from her home on Spruce Cape Road. Holm's house is on this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour.
(James Brooks photo)
Flowers in Dottie Holm's greenhouse are silhouetted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by the view from her home on Spruce Cape Road. Holm's house is on this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour. (James Brooks photo)
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Dottie Holm answers questions about her garden Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 in her greenhouse on Spruce Cape Road. Holm's home is on this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour.
(James Brooks photo)
Dottie Holm answers questions about her garden Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 in her greenhouse on Spruce Cape Road. Holm's home is on this weekend's Kodiak Garden Club garden tour. (James Brooks photo)
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On a cool, gray Kodiak day, the view from Dottie Holm’s Spruce Cape Road greenhouse can be a bleak one.

But even as gray clouds mesh with a gray sea, there are spots of color.

Since 1970, Holm has cultivated a garden at this location, and on Saturday, she will have a chance to show it off to green-thumbed Kodiakans of all kinds as the Kodiak Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour.

“Once in a while, you feel what’s the use if no one but you is around,” Holm said about showing off her home. “I intend to work intensively in the next few days.”

In addition to Holm’s garden, this year’s garden tour will include four homes in town and three in Bell’s Flats.

The self-guided tour is spread over two days and runs 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday is reserved for in-town gardens, and maps showing the location of participating homes will be available from noon to 1 p.m. at the high school parking lot. Sunday is for Bell’s Flats gardens, and maps will be available from noon to 1 p.m. at AC Express.

While the number of tours this year is down from previous years said organizer Cheryl Boehland, Holm said Kodiak’s current greenery and profusion of flowers is a far cry from when she arrived on the island in 1962.

In that year, gravel roads were the rule, and “there was nothing bug ragged grass,” she said.

One exceptional home had a flower bed — but every flower was covered in a thick layer of roadborne dust. Another home, high on a hill, had a lush green lawn that Holm called remarkable.

A cool summer is expected to bring more rain and clouds this weekend, and while that might keep away all but the heartiest plant lovers, Holm doesn’t seem to mind. “I think the plants like it,” she said.

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