Eleven gardens will be on display for FamilyMeans’ 20th annual St. Croix Garden Tour this weekend.
The tour takes place July 14-15 in Stillwater, Lake Elmo and surrounding communities. Each of the 11 gardens has been featured on this tour a previous year.
The St. Croix Garden Tour, founded in 1992, was one of the first garden tours in the St. Croix Valley. The tour incorporates the mission of FamilyMeans and is a fundraiser for the agency.
The tour is made possible by more than 150 volunteers each year.
Since the tour began 20 years ago, more than 150 gardens have been a part of this annual event, which draws attendees from the St. Croix Valley as well as people from throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.
"As the Chair of the FamilyMeans Garden Tour, and one of the gardens on the tour, I can tell you this is going to be a great tour this year," Lake Elmo resident Tom DeGree said.
More than 800 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
"There really is something for everyone," Jennifer Kovacich of FamilyMeans said. "There's been a real conscious effort to include things that will interest everyone, including the guys who take the tour."
Highlights for this year’s tour include:
- A Japanese-themed garden with hand-crafted structures
- A Monarch way station and rain garden, and
- An unparalleled Hosta collection
New this year: Attendees are welcome to bring plant samples, insect samples and photos to the diagnostic clinic that will be set up at the where master gardeners of Washington County will be on hand to identify the plant or insect, diagnose common problems and make recommendations.
WHAT: FamilyMeans’ 20th anniversary St. Croix Garden Tour
WHEN: Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 froom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Attendees will tour residential properties in Lake Elmo, Stillwater, Stillwater Township and West Lakeland Township. Signage will be visible beginning at FamilyMeans (1875 Northwestern Avenue South in Stillwater) to make the tour easy to navigate.
TICKETS: Tickets cost $20/person the weekend of the event; children ages 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at www.familymeans.org, by calling (651) 439-4840.