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Garden tour part of club’s 70th anniversary celebration
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The Turlock Garden Club’s annual Garden Tour will feature beautifully landscaped front yards, along with lush back yards and smaller garden areas personalized with artwork (Photo contributed).

The Turlock Garden Club is once again inviting the public to enjoy a few local horticultural gems during their seventh annual Garden Tour on May 4. The tour features five homes, but six unique and individual gardens.

The tour features diverse garden designs, including:

– A craftsman style home designed for a young family that features a large gazebo-styled patio, towering redwoods atop raised beds, a large play structure and winding sidewalks that are perfect for scootering;

— A 1975 ranch-style home that offers multiple gardening ideas. The front yard is a display of drought resistant plantings. Head to the back and you'll find two very differing landscapes: “Hers” — a whimsical garden featuring a maze with a hummingbird topiary, a playhouse for the granddaughter and fruit trees and “His” — an electric garden train running throughout the yard traversing over trestles, through tunnels and around the town and station. Dwarf plants form the landscape for this rail city;

— A 1969 ranch-style home that offers a big punch of color in a small space. This garden club member’s artwork is displayed in a vibrant fence mural and on canvases in the backyard. Bright flowers add to the yards display of color;

— A modern Mediterranean home that offers lush gardens. A decorative circular drive surrounded by lawn and plantings in the front and a back yard filled with a variety of trees and shrubs. A large backyard yurt offers a place to relax and entertain, with a large fountain presiding over area;

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— A minimalist approach to gardening. This backyard is designed for entertaining and offers a lovely pool surrounded by shrubbery in varying shades of green. Pops of color are incorporated throughout the yard using colorful pots and coordinating patio furniture cushions and pillows.

The tour is part of the Turlock Garden Club’s yearlong celebration of its 70th anniversary. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets for the tour are available at The Greenery Nursery in Turlock, Westurf Modesto, Morris Nursery in Riverbank and Stepping Stone Nursery in Atwater.