MANATEE -- Many local mothers found a tranquil way to begin their special weekend as they enjoyed some of Bradenton's private gardens Saturday.
Residents toured the six gardens chosen for this year's annual Mother's Day Garden tour, presented by the Manatee River Garden Club.
"I love it, I come every year," Jeanne Akers said. "It's a very peaceful day. I wouldn't miss it for anything."
Akers said in a chair in the garden of the final home of the tour, marveling at its beauty.
"It's just lovely," Akers said.
One of her favorite things about the annual event is the sharing of ideas.
"Now I will go home and look at my garden and see what else I can do," Akers said.
The theme for the 2014 garden tour was based on how to create a Florida-friendly garden within a small space. It included stops at six homes on Riverview Boulevard, Fifth Avenue Drive Northwest, Eighth Avenue West, 22nd Street West and 34th Street West.
Phyllis Weber was also enjoying the garden tour.
"The gardens have been beautiful, such a diversity of plants," Weber said. "There private gardens here are absolutely gorgeous."
Manatee River Garden Club members were pleased
with the 2014 tour.
"I think that they really liked it, especially by what you can do with small spaces," member Sandy Brophy said. "I think everybody is very happy with the turnout."
The day included a luncheon at the garden club's clubhouse that included chicken salad, mixed greens with pears, chilled strawberry soup and southern ambrosia.
Caroline Powers, whose friends say she knows her plants, enjoyed Saturday's garden tour.
"I think every one has been outstanding," Powers said. "Every one has a different atmosphere, but they have all been very peaceful."
Powers' friend, Marian Buescher, was enjoying the sights, although she didn't recognise all the plants.
"It is delightful to see such a variety of plants," Buescher said. "I appreciate the ones that are labeled, that way if I see something I like I can get it."
The women enjoyed the day, and even took some time to sit and enjoy the gardens with friends.
"We are very fortunate to have had such good weather, and the luncheon was wonderful," Buescher said.
Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.