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One of the homes showcased in the seventh annual Montrose Home Garden Tour. The event takes place this Saturday. 

Thinking about attending the Montrose Home Garden Tour? According to Lorraine Shide, Montrose Botanical Society board president, this year’s gardens “are off the chart!”

The Montrose Botanic Gardens hosts the seventh annual tour 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 8. This event will feature five gardens and landscapes, the Montrose Botanic Gardens, live music and art, and refreshments. The tour starts at the gardens, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, where attendees will receive the event program and tour map.

Tickets for this event are $15 per person and $10 for members of the garden. Tickets can be purchased at montrosegardens.org or at Camelot Gardens or San Juan Gardens. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the gardens. Shide is expecting about 300-500 people to attend.

This is one of the Montrose Botanic Gardens’ biggest fundraisers, and every year the organization tries to get a wide variety of home gardens, Shide said. This year will have a very different collection than last year’s.

There will be two artists’ home gardens where attendees will also be able to view the owner’s art studio; one being “Artist’s Eclectic Ranchette.” There’s a home garden with “Country Elegance” and a family-friendly garden, “The White Tree Family Retreat.”

One home garden showcased is at Otter Pond, “Backyard Hideaway on the Pond.” Although this is a smaller garden, it includes a mini orchard, a creek and a vegetable garden. Every inch is planted, Shide exclaimed.

Another first for the tour is the “Historic Pioneer Homestead.” At this property, the owners have not one but three historic cabins with native plants all around the land. Two of these cabins were moved to this site and the third was the original homestead cabin on the property. Guests will be able to tour two of the cabins — one is a guest house and the other is set up as a trader lodge — and the owner’s art studio.

Although finding these homes can be a bit of a challenge, Shide said, the organization gets a lot of word of mouth suggestions. Once the home gardens have been suggested, someone from the organization will approach the owner in the fall to talk about being in the tour.

“The homeowners are just really excited to have guests go through their private yards,” Shide said. “And this year with all the water, everything is prolific.”

Once at these homes, garden enthusiasts can enjoy refreshments, live music and plein air artists creating art. At a few gardens, harpists will be providing the music, Shide said. A master gardener, or someone with a lot of gardening knowledge, will be onsite at each home garden to answer questions.

“The idea of this is to let local people see what they could do in their gardens, and different kinds of plants that do well here,” Shide said.

For Shide, this tour is very inspiring, calming and guests leave feeling refreshed. Montrose is a beautiful place to live, she said, and there’s a lot that can be done in yards. There will be a variety of lifestyles and landscapes showcased.

A bonus to this tour is attendees will be able to tour at their own pace, and in any order. The tour should take a minimum of two hours, and guests will see a lot more of Montrose and what’s offered here.

“Everyone loves it, a lot of people look forward to it every year and they want to know, ‘When’s the garden tour?’” Shide said. “A lot of folks don’t have much of a yard, they might just have a little patio and a deck, and they just love seeing and being in a garden.”

The Montrose Botanic Gardens is funded solely by donations, fundraisers and grants. Recently, there have been a number of improvements at the gardens, Shide said. For more information, visit MontroseGardens.org

Monica Garcia is the news editor at the Montrose Daily Press.

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