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Tour of Gardens set for Sunday, July 14

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The annual Tour of Gardens is Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension, the event features five Douglas County gardens, which may be viewed in any order in an open house format.

Tickets are available at any tour location the day of the event for $5 for adults. Children are free. Hosts will be available at each site to guide visitors and answer questions.

For more information, call (320) 762-3890.

Eleanor Dahlquist


Eleanor's garden world is divided into six areas - north, east, south, west, arch and raised bed. Angel, animal and children statuary add backup for the many annuals and potted plants. A fence-lined garden on the east edge of the property is filled with impatiens and dahlias.

From Alexandria, travel north on Highway 29/Nokomis Street just over three miles. Turn left on Crestwood Drive and travel to the third house on the north side of the street.

Terrace Learning Garden


If you've been to the Douglas County Library, you are aware of this well-kept secret. The garden was developed as a learning garden. It is a three-tiered garden fronting the west end of the parking lot. Another part of the garden highlights the Services Center. It contains potted plants, trees, roses, hostas, annuals, grasses and perennials, giving beauty to downtown Alexandria.

From Broadway in Alexandria, take 9th Avenue one block west and turn north on Fillmore. Drive to lower parking area of the Douglas County Services Center.

Virgil & Jeanne Batesole


This property dates back to the Hick and Kinkead families - early settlers. The Batesoles' gardens, located at the highest point in Alexandria, reflect history and beauty. From their patio, five lakes can be seen - Winona, Little Winona, Agnes, Jeanne and Henry. Hostas are surrounded by arborvitae, evergreens and pines. The property also features butterfly and damsel fly shaped gardens, a quilt garden, apple trees, grapes and cherry trees, a waterfall, three-tier annual bed and many individual beds.

Travel north from the Runestone Museum in Alexandria on Agnes Boulevard. Gardens are to the left. Park by the house (not on the road).

Stephen & Diane Henry


Many hostas, annuals, perennials and a walk through the woods to a large vegetable garden are featured attractions at this stop. The Henrys have a compost pile, unheated hoop house filled with vegetables and a greenhouse.

From Alexandria, travel north on Highway 29/Nokomis Street. Before the Holiday Station, turn left on County Road 42. Travel two and a half miles. Watch for signs.

Deb Paulzine


Deb's country home sits atop a hill. One of the landowner's priorities is the lawn. Another is the many plants that surround the home. Visitors can travel up and down the hill to enjoy the many hostas, annuals and perennials.

From Alexandria, travel west on 3rd Avenue/County Road 82 about four miles. Turn east onto Centennial Drive NW. Travel 1.3 miles, then turn north onto N. Oaks Lane. Take the first left onto Fox Xing and at the T turn left onto Deer Run. The house is on a cul-de-sac. Do not park on grass.