Tour out beautiful gardens during Maple Grove Days

The Annual Garden Tours will be hosted again during Maple Grove Days. The tours are only available Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year five gardens will be featured on the tour.

1. Mary and Glenn Tassi – 7817 Kingsview Lane N., Maple Grove

Our garden story originated in 2007, this property features a Monet-like pond view of multiple gardens. The gardens are highlighted with such features as a large Italian fountain, Victorian gazebo with stained glass, captivating garden sculptures and three seasons of colorful, sunny and shady, annuals and perennials. Multi-colored Adirondacks complement the vast colorful flower displays.

Directions: Take I-94 West to Weaver Lake Road. Take a left on Weaver Lake Road to West Fish Lake Road. Take left to 79th Place N. Take left and immediate right onto Kingsview Lane N. to top of hill.

2. Paul and Faye Goodwin – 11243 Pheasant Lane, Maple Grove

Our garden story: We’ve spent the past eight years transforming a natural wooded setting, situated on a pond, into a tranquil garden. As you stroll through the yard on our moss-filled stepping stone paths, you will enjoy a variety of shade loving plants on display in the tiered rock gardens. You will also find a bit of nostalgia with our eclectic garden accents. Though located in a suburban setting, the addition of a campfire pit and a bubbling rock help us escape into nature.

Directions: I-94/I-694 to Hemlock Lane exit. Then left to 73rd Avenue. Travel east on 73rd Avenue to Pheasant Lane, turn right. Follow to 11243 Pheasant Lane.

3. Karen and Jack Carter – 13889 62nd Avenue N., Maple Grove

Our garden story: A trunk load of perennial cuttings from a friend 15 years ago was the start of gardens which now surround our cottage and extend into a secluded oasis in the woods. The steep, barren hillside along the wood’s edge was transformed 20 feet at a time over the last five years and now bursts with hundreds of daisies, lilies, ground covers, ferns, and moss. Sculptures, knick-knacks, birdhouses and birdbaths adorn the landscape. You might even see a Smurf Village and Fairy Houses.

Directions: From I-494 exit Bass Lake Road West turn left on 63rd Avenue at the first set of lights. Take first left onto Yucca Lane, which wraps around and becomes 62nd Avenue N. It is the 10th house on the left – blue with brick front on a hill.

4. Doug Ruckle, 15079 67th Place N., Maple Grove

Our garden story: It all started with a free truckload of boulders and the project continued for the next four years. Our front yard has an island with plants and tall River Burch tree with a boulder engraved with our Family name. At night, the entire yard is radiance with lights. In the back yard, you will find pavers sidewalk with fire pit and a freestanding wall that will lead you to a freestanding deck and hot tub. The area is surrounded with two ponds with two waterfalls and many tropical plants and wooded areas to view. Off to the side is our 4-season porch where we can view the wild life all year.

Directions: From I-494 go west 1.3 miles on Bass Lake Road to Lane Wood Lane, turn left or south, this is across Fish Lake Park entrance. Lanewood Lane N. road will "T" go right, west on 67th Place N. This is a cul-de-sac street.

5. Susan and Ernie Zigerlig – 13934 62nd Ave. N., Maple Grove

Our garden story: When we moved into our new house and watched the barren lawn for weeks, we decided it needed some shade and evergreen trees for privacy. Our friends quickly offered extra plants and lilac bushes and our backyard turned into a colorful flower and vegetable garden. The hard work soon turned into a "hobby." Today we enjoy relaxing days on our patio and listen to the gurgling water from the pond and the songs from many different birds!