Richmond garden tour pairs lovely landscapes with artists ‘ work

RICHMOND — Stepping out onto Bob and Carol Ann Vickers’ second-floor balcony, the summer breeze plays in and out between stone pillars and into the manicured yard below, picking up the soft floral scents around the garden.

The free-flowing lines of the flower beds planted with vivid perennials, mimic the meandering lines of the grounds’ focal point, a crystal blue in-ground pool.

Then beyond the crisp, crinkled edges of pink crape myrtles, bell-mouthed yellow daylilies, fuchsia rose bushes and wine-hued Japanese maples is a clear view of the Gibson Bay lake.

And that is only one of the homes on this section of the annual Art in the Garden Tour.

Three homeowners in the Gibson Bay golf course community in southwest Richmond will open their private gardens for Saturday’s tour, which pairs alluring landscaping with local

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