Get up close with nine gorgeous gardens at the 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour
For Immediate Release
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018
Where: Nine gardens in South Minneapolis and Richfield
Media Contacts: Mary Ellen Becker, [email protected], 763-559-7494;
Terry Straub, [email protected], 612-596-2130
The Hennepin County Master Gardeners’ annual Learning Garden Tour kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday,
July 14, 2018. Coordinated by volunteers with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program – Hennepin County, this year’s tour showcases nine gardens in Minneapolis and Richfield with on-site gardening advice from dozens of trained Master Gardener Volunteers.
The annual event features unique home gardens designed and tended by Master Gardener Volunteers who live in Hennepin County, as well as a community garden that began as a Victory Garden in 1943. This year’s self-guided tour includes food trucks at select stops, a Book Nook with a variety of books for kids and adults, and the Garden Shed, which offers fun and useful gardening accessories. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at each garden, conducting demonstrations at various education stations covering topics such as hydroponics, native plants and composting.
Last year, a record-breaking 800-plus people attended the tour, which is accessible to visitors who arrive on foot or by bike or car. “The Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour is an engaging experience that’s open to everyone — whether you’re a gardener seeking a little inspiration, or a horticultural tourist looking for an enjoyable way to spend the day,” said Tim Kenny, statewide director of the University of Minnesota’s Extension Master Gardener Program.
The tour is held rain or shine. Single tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the tour. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. All proceeds help support the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program – Hennepin County community programs. Admission includes entry to all nine gardens and a booklet with garden descriptions, on-site demonstration details and driving directions. To buy tickets and learn more about the Learning Garden Tour, visit https://hennepinmastergardeners.org/events/hcmg-learning-garden-tour/ or stop by the Extension Master Gardener Hennepin County office at 479 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344. For details about the Hennepin County Master Gardener Program, call 612-596-2130 or email [email protected]