It's that time again. Time for the annual Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour.

That's right, it's a learning tour. Not only do you get to ogle, ooh and ahh over beautiful gardens, you'll learn something in the process. Learn about sun and shade, native plants, growing fruit, pollinators, edibles, rain gardens, containers and more. As always you'll be able to talk with real live Master Gardeners whose depth and breadth of knowledge is incredible. Think you'll stump the Master Gardener? If one doesn't know the answer, chances are another does. And if they can't tell you the answer right that very moment, they will persist until they find it!

When: Sat., July 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour will go on, rain or shine.

Where: Visit 9 gardens in the West and Southwest Metro. This is a self-guided tour.

Admission: $15 in advance, $20 on site (12 or under free with adult). Group package tickets 10/$125 or 20/$250. Includes entry to all gardens; brochure with descriptions, locations and driving directions; on-site demonstrations and free handouts. Note: credit card payments on the day of the tour will only be accepted at gardens A and I.

Shop: Find one-of-a-kind garden art, books and more at the Garden Shed, located at Garden A.

Find Education Stations and Master Gardeners to answer all your gardening questions: Native Plants | Shoreline Restoration | Growing Fruit | Water Gardening | Perennials that Attract Butterflies | Herbs | Vegetable Container Gardening, and more!

Gather information and inspiration!
Proceeds benefit Hennepin County Master Gardener community programs.

2015 Garden Tour advertisers
1. Bartlett Tree Experts
2. The Mulch Store
4. Friends of Birch Island Woods
5. Dundee
6. Glacial Ridge Growers
7. Yardware
8. Midwest Supplies<
9. Natural Shore Technologies
10. Otten Bros.
11. Kelley & Kelley
12. Cowsmo

The Garden Shed will feature hand crafted items for sale.



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