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Tour area gardens next weekend in Grand Forks

An alium blooms in the garden of Forrest and Emily Nielsen of Grand Forks. Their garden will be apart of the 30th annual Grand Forks Horticulture Society's Garden Tour. (Photo by Wade Rupard/Grand Forks Herald)

The Grand Forks Horticulture Society will be holding its 30th garden tour next weekend.

The tour will take place on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available on the day of the tour dates at the Myra Museum, 2405 Belmont Rd. in Grand Forks.

The garden tour will incorporate gardens in both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, with yards featured in both cities. At the gardens, homeowners will open their residence for viewing and questions, as well as show off their gardens.

Marlene Maxon, who is organizing the event, said on average about 300 to 400 people go on the tour each year. Maxon said while many might not believe North Dakota would have many gardeners, she said there is a strong gardening community in Grand Forks.

“There’s a lot of dedicated gardeners here and there’s always something going on for them,” Maxon said. “You run into people all the time that are interested in gardens.”

The garden tour will be mostly the same as it has the last couple of years. The tour will, however, feature different gardens, and the gardens that have been part of the tour before will have different plants in bloom, Maxon said. Many of the gardens chosen for the tour are recommended to the Horticulture Society.

Along with the garden tour, there will also be a plant sale and vendor booths.

Maxon said she hopes the garden tour will inspire other wanting to get involved in gardening and enrich the community as a whole.

 “Gardening is an ever-changing art form,” Maxon said. “It’s not black and white. You have to let nature take its course and see what happens.”

Proceeds from the event will go to enhancing area public gardens and educational programs, Maxon said, with much of the earnings going toward the Horticulture Society’s Gardening Saturday event next April.

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Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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