Garden Stroll takes place tomorrow 

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The Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932, is one of four sites available for view at this year’s Backyard Garden Stroll. The biennial event, hosted by the Mexia Garden Club, is tomorrow, from 2 to 6 p.m., and tickets are still available. Contributed photo

One of the country gardens on the Mexia Garden Club’s Backyard Garden Stroll is the Smith Lodge built by Blake Smith Sr. in 1932. The lodge is now owned by his son, Robert Pat, and his wife, Barbara.
Although the home sits near a busy highway, a winding driveway transports visitors to a serene country setting where they are greeted by a breathtaking elm tree believed to be over 100 years old. The perennial flower beds surrounding the home represent a work in progress, combining oleanders and crepe myrtles with evergreen wax leaf ligustrum, abelias and holly ferns.
The Stroll takes place Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. This year the club presents four beautiful gardens to stroll: the Smith Lodge, Confederate Reunion Grounds, early 20th-century Texas farmhouse replica home of Bob and Sharon Kersten home, built in 2009; and the garden of Judy Erickson.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To reserve your ticket contact any Mexia Garden Club member or call co-chairs Carol Matthews at 254-747-2745 or Robilyn Reed at 254-562-5014 .