The public is invited to join Douglas County Master Gardeners (DCMG) for a garden bus tour to the Brainerd area on Wednesday, June 29.

The bus loads at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria at 6:45 a.m. and departs at 7 a.m. Attendees should park away from the school's main doors. The bus is scheduled to return around 6 p.m.

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Barry's Cherries in Staples is the first stop. Fresh hydroponic salad produce is grown year round in greenhouses and high tunnels. These high tunnels provide key research for increased and sustainable production techniques for the 21st century.

The next stop is the Northland Arboretum, which encompasses more than 500 acres in the heart of Brainerd/Baxter. This member-supported, nonprofit organization was founded with the closure of the Brainerd Landfill in 1972.

Next is the Coralee Fox Garden in Brainerd. Fox is a Crow Wing County master gardener and has lived in the Brainerd area since 2006. Her fairy garden, covering nearly an acre with flowers, trees, shrubs, paths and statuary, keeps her busy during the summer months.

Lunch will take place at Ganley's Restaurant in Nisswa before participants head off for some shopping at The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes. With more than 30 years of experience, the family-owned Treehouse has everything needed to begin, grow and maintain a garden and lawn.

The last stop on the tour is the Peg Serani Garden in Baxter. A master gardener, master naturalist and photographer, Peg Serani has a garden that includes water gardens and unique outdoor "rooms."


The cost of the garden bus tour is $35, payable to DCMG, and includes lunch. Registrations will be accepted until seats are full.

For more information and registration material, contact University of Minnesota Extension Office, Douglas County office at (320) 762-3890 or stop in person at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.