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Garden Tour July 21 in Stevens County

Randee and Steve Hokanson's home is one of six stops on the Stevens County Master Gardeners tour on Satuday, July 21.

The 2012 Garden Tour sponsored by the local Stevens County Master Gardeners will be held Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at six local gardens.

The tour is an opportunity for local residents to see a variety of horticultural practices in Stevens County.

Interested persons are free to come and go as they please at each stop along the tour. A fee of $10 will be charged with the proceeds

going toward University of Minnesota Master Gardeners Stevens

County. Tickets are available at the Stevens County Extension Office prior to Saturday or at your first garden stop. Watch for numbered signs at each

host site.

Gardens featured on this year's tour are:

Mieka and Nathan Hoffman

107 E 5th Street, Morris

The Hoffmans have a small lot that is landscaped to utilize the space

to its max, with an eclectic flair. A variety of potted containers and hanging baskets catch the eye. For a nice contrast Mieka likes to mix vegetables with annuals in her containers.

A presentation on containers will be given at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Randee and Steve Hokanson

502 E 3rd Street, Morris

You are first greeted with a millstone water feature. Follow the steps to

the sunken backyard garden,which creates a microclimate for a formal rose garden, a variety ofclematis, daylilies and topiary. This English cottage

garden has a three-season screened gazebo, pavers and a Boxwood hedge.

A presentation on tropical plants will be given at 1:45 and 2:45 p.m.

Margaret Kuchenreuther

905 4thStreet, Morris

This landscape restoration garden, established in 2006 with assistance from

the Minnesota DNR, features a wide variety of plants native to the

prairies, woodlands and wetlands of West Central Minnesota. Lakescaping

replaces traditional lawn with native plants that provide

habitat for wildlife, prevent shoreline erosion and protect water quality.

A presentation on native plants will be given at 2:45 and 3:45 p.m.

Paula and Craig Feuchtenberger

25787 450th Avenue, Hancock

This property has a Market Garden featuring vegetables, raspberries,

strawberries, herbs, cut flowers and a pumpkin patch. Their home has

perennials along the north side with a totally white perennial garden.

Vegetables are planted in succession, using the least amount of pesticides and using garden residue for composting.

A presentation on tomatoes and salsa will be given at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.

Jeanette Huber

59 Hancock Avenue, Hancock

In the front yard, working its way around to the back, there is a retaining

wall that at times is 2-tiered and filled with annual flowers. Jeanette

starts all the annuals in the yard from seed. In the backyard there is a

stamped concrete patio and also concrete stamped edging that outlines her

garden area. Cascading water flows down a waterfall that is built with boulders. This back garden area is full of perennials and shrubs.

A presentation on ponds will be given at 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.

Nancy and Tony Messner

38499 County Road 2, Hancock

The Messners have a hidden oasis behind a tall wooden fence for birds and

people alike. Once through the gate you encounter their bird garden where

there is a variety of perennials and annuals. Close by the bird garden Nancy has a fish pond. There is also a nice sized vegetable garden that includes raspberries and asparagus. Fora number of years the Messners have been growing grapes and have been making their own Concord

grape juice.

A presentation on birds will be given at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.