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Five local gardens featured on tour

With summer in full swing, it's time to slow down and enjoy the beautiful season Alexandria has to offer. On Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Douglas County Master Gardeners present their annual Tour of Gardens.

The Tour of Gardens is a great opportunity to see a diverse variety of horticultural masterpieces right here in Douglas County.

Five local gardens are included in this year's tour, each with its own individual style and theme.

All gardeners have a passion for gardening. The Dahlquist garden shows just how much. Not only will the unique statues intrigue your eye, but the variety of impatiens and dahlias will sure be a sight to see.

The Henry garden will be a favorite stop for tour goers. Come see the many hostas, annuals, perennials and a large vegetable garden through the woods. You will also get to experience their greenhouse, compost pile and unheated hoop house.

This next garden is a pride and joy for all Douglas County master gardeners. The Terrace Learning Garden, adjacent to the Douglas County Library, brings great beauty to downtown Alexandria. The three-tiered garden contains potted plants, trees, roses, hostas, annuals, grasses and perennials. Don't miss this fantastic demonstration garden.

From the butterfly and damsel fly shaped gardens to the quilt garden, the Batesole estate is far from the ordinary. Not only does this garden reflect history, but beauty and a place of reflection at the highest point in Alexandria. Hostas, evergreens, pines, apple trees, grapes, cherry trees, and a waterfall are just a few of the things you will see.

The Paulzines' wonderful country garden is a hidden treasure. This garden is awash with hostas, and a variety of annuals and perennials. Stroll across the manicured lawn and enjoy this splendid hilltop garden.

The cost to participate in the tour of gardens event is $5 payable at your first garden stop. Visit in any order and spend as long as you wish at each stop.

For more information and for tour brochures, call the University of Minnesota Extension of Douglas County at (320) 762-3890 or stop by and see us in the Douglas County Service Center Building at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria. Hope to see you there!