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Garden tour to feature English manor, school garden
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Members of the Turlock Garden Club will open their gardens to visitors for the clubs annual tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Garden Club is inviting the public to come “gawk” at their horticultural efforts during the club’s annual garden tour.

The “Walk, Talk, and Gawk in our Gardens” tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 and feature five homes and a school garden. Each home is unique and offers the visitor a variety of sizes and styles to enjoy.

This year’s tour stops include:

— An English manor style home featuring cobblestone pathways and driveway. The four lion-head Italian inspired fountains serve as a backdrop to the garden. Sittings areas, a raw-edge planked garden shed and a secret garden complete this picture.

— A 1957 California ranch home that has undergone extensive renovations. A large front porch invites the visitor to sit and enjoy the views of meandering dry river beds and walkways. Maple and Palo Verde trees offer a cool respite from summer heat. The outdoor kitchen, play yard, and pool makes the backyard perfect for entertaining, and the artificial turf makes for low maintenance.

— The Julien School garden, originating in 1998, was redesigned and reconstructed in 2014. This national award-winning garden features an urban sensory area, a native plant bed, and a bee and butterfly habitat. You can find amazing science projects in the individual class garden plots.

— A 1950’s cottage style home greets the visitor with abundant flower beds and plantings. The back yard features a raised deck with seating, various fruit trees and palms, and a spectacular collection of succulents and cacti. Enjoy your BBQ in the covered patio.

— A low-maintenance and a water-wise garden with lots of entertainment protentional. This garden features native grasses and an enclosed courtyard with fruit trees. The back yard is entertainment central with lounge areas, a bocce ball court and a fire pit/conversation area.

— An Ernie Yoshino Asian-inspired home completes the tour. Visitors are greeted by Japanese strolling gardens where guests are invited to move through various areas for contemplation and reflection. The backyard features a large teppanyaki grille surrounded by granite countertops and a dining area. Maytens, braided maples, and curly-leaf maples shade the backyard.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased at The Greenery Nursery in Turlock, Westurf Nursery in Modesto, Morris Nursery in Riverbank, and Stepping Stone Nursery in Atwater.