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Whately Garden Tour: The particulars

  • Cecelia Staryos garden in Whately contains a variety of plants and trees, including ones native to China and Japan. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos garden in Whately contains a variety of plants and trees, including ones native to China and Japan.
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  • Cecelia Staryos behind a stand of bearded iris and a single creamy white Japanese peony.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos behind a stand of bearded iris and a single creamy white Japanese peony.
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  • Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas with the Caucasian climbing spinach that she grown in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas with the Caucasian climbing spinach that she grown in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb.
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  • Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas the Caucasian climbing spinach she grows in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas the Caucasian climbing spinach she grows in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb.
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  • Labrador violet grows in Cecelia Staryos' garden in Whately.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Labrador violet grows in Cecelia Staryos' garden in Whately.
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  • Cecelia Staryos' gratitude garden. Each of the stone planters holds individual plants.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos' gratitude garden. Each of the stone planters holds individual plants.
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  • A view from Cecelia Staryos' deck reveals yellow double buttercup (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pieno') in the foreground. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    A view from Cecelia Staryos' deck reveals yellow double buttercup (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pieno') in the foreground.
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  • Single-flower peonies <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Single-flower peonies
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  • Double buttercups (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pleno')<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Double buttercups (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pleno')
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  • Cecelia Staryos and her Chow Chow, Lena, walk on a bridge in the garden that passes over a stream at the base of Stone Mountain. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

    Cecelia Staryos and her Chow Chow, Lena, walk on a bridge in the garden that passes over a stream at the base of Stone Mountain.
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  • Cecelia Staryos garden in Whately contains a variety of plants and trees, including ones native to China and Japan. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Cecelia Staryos behind a stand of bearded iris and a single creamy white Japanese peony.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas with the Caucasian climbing spinach that she grown in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Cecelia Staryos and George Pappas the Caucasian climbing spinach she grows in her Whately garden. Behind the couple is a wire globe sculpture that she hopes the spinach will eventually climb. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Labrador violet grows in Cecelia Staryos' garden in Whately.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Cecelia Staryos' gratitude garden. Each of the stone planters holds individual plants.<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • A view from Cecelia Staryos' deck reveals yellow double buttercup (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pieno') in the foreground. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Single-flower peonies <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Double buttercups (Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pleno')<br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY
  • Cecelia Staryos and her Chow Chow, Lena, walk on a bridge in the garden that passes over a stream at the base of Stone Mountain. <br/>AYRIKA WHITNEY

The Whately Garden Tour is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are five gardens on the tour including one at a bed-and-breakfast, another deep in the forest, and one designed for butterflies and hummingbirds. Several feature artwork. One gardener says that gardening is therapeutic and another notes that “gardening, like life, is a work in progress.”

Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 the day of the tour. They are available at LaSalle Florists and Bay State Perennial Farm, both in Whately. The nurseries will offer a 10-percent discount on plants on tour day to all ticket holders. Tickets will also be available Saturday during tour hours at the Whately Historical Society Museum, 2178 Chestnut Plain where visitors can also view the current exhibits. For more information contact Barbara Drollette at 665-4818.

— CHERYL B. WILSON

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Stone Mountain, which rises sharply behind the home of Cecelia Staryos in Whately, inspired her to create informal gardens filled with unusual plants and enhanced with stone accents. Her garden is among five on the June 15 garden tour sponsored by the Whately Historical Society. “What drew me to the property was Stone Mountain,” Staryos said in an interview last …

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