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Club holds first annual garden tour

Club holds first annual garden tour

“The Joy of Gardening Tour” is designed to inspire local gardeners of any age or budget.

POSTED May 7, 2013 11:07 p.m.

Spring has sprung, and for local gardeners and plant fanatics, there is nothing like taking a stroll through a perfectly manicured garden.

In an effort to highlight the outdoor arts of Turlock, the Turlock Garden Club will present its first annual “The Joy of Gardening Tour,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The tour consists of four different home gardens, each representing a unique theme based on accessories and floral arrangements.

The tour idea stemmed from a Christmas retreat supervised by Turlock Garden Club President Carol McRoberts. The group became enamored of the holiday festivities, and decided that they, too, wanted to share their garden with the public.

Event coordinator Rosy McKenney, a local rose expert and retired Master Gardener with the University of California, was excited for the tour, but never thought she would be in charge of its handling.

Former club member and dear friend of McKenney's, John Gray, led the charge before his untimely passing in January. Though saddened by his death, McKenney carried on with the project, never forgetting her friend’s wishes.

“We were very close, and I knew that he would want this to continue,” McKenney said.

Although the program is near and dear to many of the members’ hearts, McKenney also believes that the tour will be a joyful and educational experience for anyone interested in beautiful sceneries.

“The whole idea of the tour is to enjoy yourself, and maybe get ideas that you would want to try at home,” said McKenney. “We have over a hundred enthusiastic members, and each are unique. Their gardens represent who they are.”

The first stop on the garden tour is titled, “A Joyful Retreat and Lovely Home” and features color vignettes and copper works. “Bowers of Flowers for the Birds” accentuates Turlock’s countryside, and focuses on agricultural aspects of farming, such as vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and even live chickens.

The tour does not only focus on expansive plots, but also small settings. “Doing a Lot With a Little” is aimed towards those who do not have ample time to plant, but can still make an impression on their small plot. Finally, “A Tranquil Place in the Country” offers a wide variety of plants and open spaces, complete with a sprawling green lawn.

McKenney said each of the garden owners will be present to talk with about their landscape arrangements.

 “This is a learning experience for everyone, including us,” said McKenney. “We want to get the public involved, and hope that everyone will enjoy themselves. We just want everyone to be happy.”

Since the tour is also just one day before Mother’s Day, the Turlock Garden Club is offering free admission to children 12 and under.

Regular tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Greenery Nursery, Carnegie Art Center, the Silk Garden in Turlock, Morris Nursery in Riverbank, and the Park Greenhouse in Ripon.

For additional information, call Rosy McKenney at 523-6018.

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