Garden tour raises funds for adult foster home

April Hall Cutting

For The New Era

Delighted by the ornately decorated rooms and the extensive compact gardens, 50 guests from as far away as Portland enjoyed an afternoon at Joella’s Manor House, an adult foster care home in Lebanon on Saturday, July 30.

The garden and home are the artwork of Errol Krosman, who also decorated the interior of the Sweet Home Senior Center. Krosman and Garry Browning have shared their visually stunning home with adults needing care for eight years and are active members of the Sweet Home United Methodist Church.

As visitors entered the house, they were greeted by show tunes from a player grand piano and took in the visual feast of the Grand Hall’s antiques and historic chandeliers. The tour then meandered through the nooks and crannies of the many exterior garden “rooms” that surround the house. Visitors could sit in one of a dozen garden conversation spaces while enjoying a bountiful selection of homemade savory and sweet refreshments.

July 30 was one of the warmest days of the year and attendees appreciated the cool breezes created by the garden’s multiple waterfalls, fountains, ponds and mature trees. In one cedar-shaded corner, artist Linda Neal sketched the flowering plants and koi pond.

The event was a fund-raiser by the Lebanon-Sweet Home Reconciling Group, a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, which works for inclusion of all persons in the life of the United Methodist Church. Over $265 was donated, exceeding the group’s goal. In addition, Nuts for Jesus, which supports Manna, Sweet Home’s free meal community dinner, raised $100.

The organization hopes to offer similar events each year in support of the arts, justice ministries, and people in need.