Hudson -- Visitors perusing various sites and attractions on the June 12 and 13 annual Home and Garden Tour will find an eclectic mixture of old and new stylings at an East Streetsboro Street stop.

Both the 1940 two-story colonial home and lavish garden of Allison and Thomas Harter will be on display during the tour, sponsored by the Hudson Garden Club. Proceeds from the tour, which features five homes and three gardens, will benefit a variety of projects, including scholarships.

The Harters have two children, Alexander, 19 and Brittany, 17.

The family's shared love of music will be on display in the living room, which also serves as a music room, complete with various instruments, including a piano.

"Being a designer I like to take the living room and make it into something else they will actually use," Allison said. "My daughter plays a lot of instruments, I play the piano and my husband plays the saxophone -- so we made it into kind of a music room."

However, the room is also part art-deco, because it's in the older, original part of the home. In later years an addition was built onto the house according to Allison.

A family mural, created by family friend John Gable, hangs above the fireplace and depicts the entire family in a 1940s setting.

"It's a really interesting piece of history," Allison said of the home. "It's almost like two houses put together. My husband likes new and I like old, so it was perfect for us."

The walls of the home are covered with a variety of artwork in various mediums including water colors and ink. Subjects include Jimi Hendrix and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong by illustrator Dennis Balogh and architectural impressionist drawings of cities in France by Mike Guyot.

Drawings of movie stars by Allison's great aunt, Evelyn Perley, who illustrated greeting cards, also hang in the home.

The garden will highlight a variety of plants including hibiscus, pansies and petunias.

The grounds also have a tennis court and almost two acres of flat ground surrounded by evergreens.

"You just don's see that mush flat land in Hudson," Allison added.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $20 at Acme Fresh Market Hudson and The Learned Owl Bookstore. Tickets are $25 the days of the tours. Tour ticket holders can also visit the club's Garden Shop and adjacent Tea Room at Hudson Middle School and purchase a variety of plants, gardening tools and accessories.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. .

For more information visit or the Hudson Garden Club Home & Garden Tour on Facebook.


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