By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — For Gary and Doreen Wilson, gardening is more than a hobby. It’s a passion.
“It helps level your mind out, and it grounds you, which is nice,” said Doreen.
The couple opened their home Albion Saturday as part of the Garden Path Tour of Orleans County, which was sponsored by the county’s Master Gardeners and the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Part of the allure of the Wilsons’ picturesque landscape is the 1,000 feet of track running through it, with a homemade train to boot.
“It took nine years to build the locomotive, and it’s mainly made with all odds and ends and bits and pieces,” explained Gary, who finished the train in 1976. A boxcar caboose, used mainly as a decoration to make the train complete, has a door the Wilsons used to open up for one of their dogs, which loved to ride around the garden.
Doreen said she and Gary have been gardening for 15 years, and the time commitment necessary to keep up such a well-manicured decorative lawn is worth it.
“This year’s been awesome, and we really can’t keep track of the hours we spend on it,” she said.
With both Doreen and Gary working full-time jobs, and with Gary’s requiring him to travel around the Northeast on a pretty consistent basis, most of the couple’s spare time is spent on their garden.
For Gary, though, his job outside the home is actually very similar. A model train enthusiast, he is responsible for all the G-gauge trains hanging from the ceiling of roughly 50 Wegmans stores from here to Washington, D.C.
As part of the Garden Path Tour, the Wilsons saw as many as 100 people visit their property on Saturday, including Lynn and Marijke Fetzner who took 7-month-old Jack on his first train ride.
Other “Garden Star” homes on the tour were found in Kendall and Lyndonville.