English-cottage style garden fits Campbells

Nancy Anderson for the Galva News
Cheri and Jim Campbell stand in the garden at their Bishop Hill home, one of five stops on a garden walk being hosted by the Galva Arts council on June 30.

The first garden which is being featured for the Galva Arts Council Garden Walk on June 30 belongs to Jim and Cheri Campbell.

Located at 201 W. Main St., Bishop Hill, behind Sweet Annie’s, one of the Campbells’ businesses, Jim and Cheri’s garden has evolved with love and care over the past eight years.

Rather than a manicured, formal garden, the Campbells prefer an English cottage-type garden with many perennials mixed together with a variety of textures and colors that please the eye. Cheri confesses that she likes it that way because it is easier to hide the weeds, but it does fit their surroundings quite nicely in the village of Bishop Hill.

Jim and Cheri’s garden is composed of a variety of annuals, perennials, and a few grasses here and there. All of their annuals have been started either indoors or sown directly into the ground. They love the feeling of such a wonder-filled accomplishment in watching flowers sprout from seeds. The wonderful colors the annuals add to their garden is a great addition all season until the first frost.

The garden walk is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Five gardens from the Galva-Bishop Hill area will be featured. Owners are Mike and Robyn Terwilliger and Al DeCrane and Shelly Sundquist, all of Galva; and Tom and Cheri Campbell, Lou Lourdeau and Janene Blodgett, and Beth Magnuson (Windy Corner business), all of Bishop Hill.

Buy tour tickets ($6) at the Galva Arts Council in downtown Galva the day of the tour. Refreshments will be available at the GAC after 9:30 a.m. A drawing for a garden-items raffle will be 2 p.m. at the GAC.