Summer Arrives with Minneapolis-St. Paul Garden Tours Galore

Calling all gardeners–from amateur to avid–to the season’s garden tours throughout the metro area. Get inspiration and a seasonal nature fix at these garden tour stops.

Prospect Park Garden Walk and Plant Sale

Prospect Park is brimming with unique homes and gorgeous landscapes, so the 2018 Garden Walk and Plant Sale will without a doubt be easy on the eyes. On Saturday, June 23, walk along Melbourne, Clarence, Orlin, and Seymour Avenues SE for views of beautiful gardens throughout the neighborhood. The plant sale is in Tower Hill Park. View pollinator, vegetable, and therapeutic gardens based around the theme of Garden Melodies, where gardens are inspired by music.

Learning Garden Tour

Join the Master Gardener Volunteers on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Hennepin County’s 11th annual Learning Garden Tour. This tour focuses on nine gardens in Minneapolis and Richfield, and will include food trucks at some of the stops, a Garden Shed, which offers gardening accessories, and a Book Nook with books for all ages. Demos will take place at every garden. Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour; children under 12 are free. (Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more.)

Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours

Check out the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s 34th annual Auxiliary Private Garden Tours July 15, 17, and 18. Traveling by motor coaches, guests can take in the beautiful green spaces throughout the day, and enjoy a Sunday brunch or weekday lunch buffet served on the Morgan Terrace outside the Snyder building. Tour includes four garden visits, featuring water features, a rock garden, and a variety of trees, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Tickets: Purchase online for $65 for July 15, and $55 for July 17 and 18.

Minnesota Water Garden Society Water Garden Tour

On July 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., join the Minnesota Water Garden Society for a tour of diverse water gardens. From ponds to waterfalls to streams surrounded by stunning gardens and landscapes, this tour showcases one-of-a-kind yards. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 the days of the tour. Tickets for a single site can be purchased for $5.

Tangletown Garden and Art Tour

On Saturday, July 28, you can embark on a self-guided tour of local gardens, art, and galleries (with refreshments), courtesy of Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Eatery. Gaze at some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Twin Cities, while you support local artists and gardeners. All proceeds from the tour help fund public art, charities, scholarships, and garden projects throughout the Twin Cities. This year, visit the new Music Festival post-tour to see artists like Chris Koza and Romantic at Wise Acre Eatery. Tickets: $30 in advance online or $35 on the day of the tour.

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