Members of the Gallipolis Garden club took a step back in time as they visited for their June meeting the Broken Antler Ranch and Frontier Village. Alan Stapleton, well known local landscaper escorted the ladies through his landscaping, tall trees, large stones, Driftwood arrangements while on the farm.
The farm consisted of Longhorn cattle along with other domesticated animals. The frontier village which included a jail, church, country store , saloon, cabin and recreation area was built entirely by Stapleton out of wood and rocks on his farm. His imagination allowed him to buy antiques or trade for antiques that could be used in the buildings.
Members also observed his rolling garden pond with small fish. His taxidermy shop was also on the tour. Stapleton uses a chainsaw to design bear, Indians, and other characters. Garden members were very interested in his perennials and his raised garden beds and asked him many questions. Following the tour the club members were treated to a barbecue lunch prepared by Chef Mark.
Stapleton tried his best to teach the ladies how to throw a hatchet and win a prize. When that failed door prizes were won by tossing bean bags. Winners of door prizes were Susie Williams and Phyllis Mason. Each club member was presented with a perennial for their visit.
The members state they were delighted with their tour and appreciated all that the Stapleton family did for them that day. Anyone interested in joining the Gallipolis garden club should contact President Susie Williams.
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