McPherson residents open their gardens for public viewing

By Jessie Wagoner

McPHERSON—Every garden is as unique as the gardener doing the planting. This weekend, McPherson Master Gardeners and Friends are opening up five of their unique gardens for the public to come and view. The garden tours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11.

We sincerely appreciate and want to thank the tour hosts for sharing their yards and gardens with the public,” Aggie Windholz, one of the event organizers, said.

Attendees can visit gardens at the following locations:

Phil and Lori Havens, 1416 Homestead

Mike and Kelli Dossett, 610 S. Walnut

Cliff and Phyllis VanHorn, 515 Oaklane

Skip and Nancy Brown, 800 E. Euclid

Master Gardeners and Friends Demonstration Garden, 600 W. Woodside

Tickets for the garden tours can be purchased for $5 in advance at Smoky Valley Nursery, McPherson County Extension Office, Graber’s Ace Hardware, Sheila’s Garden Market or The Bookshelf & Hidden Closet. Windholz says attendees may also purchase tickets the day of the tour at any of the gardens for $7.

The garden tours are a way for those interested in gardening to get new ideas to try in their own gardens. From learning about new plants to exploring different planting techniques and even inspiration for decorating their garden, there should be plenty of inspiration along the tour route.

It is so interesting because every year we go out to look at the gardens, and I’m amazed at how creative people are,” Windholz said. “The way they use antiques, bottles and things they have around the house to make their garden their own.”

The McPherson Master Gardeners and Friends have an active group of about 40 individuals, including 14 active master gardeners. The group meets monthly and regularly has guest speakers, and the public is welcome to attend.

The day of the tour, McPherson Master Gardeners and Friends volunteers will be at each of the locations. The volunteers are happy to help answer gardening questions and assist members of the public as they explore planting and gardening themselves.

Volunteers will be at each of the tour locations and will be wearing jade colored tee shirts with the MMG&F logo,” Windholz said. “If anyone has questions, ask one of the volunteers; if they can’t answer, we’ll find the answer and get back with them.”

Attendees can register to win prizes at each stop on the tour. Organizers are encouraging social distancing in an effort to keep all hosts, volunteers and visitors safe.