The featured gardens include:
* A three-acre site that features 15 garden areas with more than 250 trees, 1000 shrubs including shrub roses in bloom, and a variety of perennials and fruits.
* A backyard water garden designed for maximum landscape punch and minimum maintenance.
* A garden with a wonderfully harmonious split personality – cultivated plants near the house and a walk on the wilder side in the backyard prairie garden.
* A town garden that cleverly showcases garden abundance in containers full of herbs, vegetables and flowers.
* An enchanted garden tucked behind a century-old home with artistic glass globes, artful steppingstones and the enchanted aura of fairies among the flowers.
* A garden full of smart, timesaving ideas such as composting, raised vegetable beds, a worm farm, butterfly garden and more.
In addition to the tour gardens, a variety of educational presentations are scheduled at K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County, 2110 Harper Street, where visitors can also explore the demonstration gardens and shop for garden treasures at the Master Gardener plant and craft sale.
The hours of the tour are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011. Tickets are $10 on the day of tour; $8 in advance. The tour is held rain or shine, and all participants (except infants that are carried) must have a ticket. No strollers or pets are allowed.
Advance tickets will be available at K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County at 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, and at local garden centers two to three weeks before the event. Proceeds from the tour support Master Gardener educational programs in the community, including a garden help line, a junior master gardener program, a speakers’ bureau, and several community partnerships. For more information, contact K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County at 785-843-7058 or tour chairman Ruth Gibbs at 785-843-6340.