Tour area garden ponds July 27, 28

Minnesota’s Original Pond Tour is back. The beauty and wonderment of 13 private gardens nestled in the northwest corner of the Twin Cities will come alive in full public glory beginning Saturday, July 27 and going through Sunday, July 28, with the return of the Minnesota Water Garden Society Tour.

The Minnesota Water Garden Society will host the Minnesota’s Original Pond Tour July 27 and 28 throughout the northwest corner in the Twin Cities. Gardens featured will be in Champlin, Maple Grove and more area cities.

The Minnesota Water Garden Society will host the Minnesota’s Original Pond Tour July 27 and 28 throughout the northwest corner in the Twin Cities. Gardens featured will be in Champlin, Maple Grove and more area cities.

Minnesota’s Original pond tour, now in its 16th year will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday, and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can stroll, see and hear the beautiful magnificence of water gardens ranging from the formal designs of large waterfalls and streams, to the casual, soft sounds of bubbling rocks, gurgling streams and glistening pools. Award winning, these backyard beauties are a must see for all ages. Children are encouraged to walk along with parents (free of charge if under age fifteen.)

The Minnesota Water Garden Society Tour will consist of a self-guided walk through a variety of carefully chosen sites of the most envied backyard gardens. Located primarily across the north and northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, including sites in Champlin, Anoka, Maple Grove, New Hope and more.

This tour was first introduced in the spring of 1997. Gardens that are not just created by professional designers, but amateurs too, who have rolled up their sleeves with education and inspiration to create their very own traffic-stopping oasis within their backyards.

The 2013 MWGS Tour is open to the public. Those interested are encouraged to download maps on the website for easy access, photos, descriptions and site locations of the tour. Dozens of volunteers and professionals who design and maintain the gardens will be strategically placed throughout the site locations to assist visitors. Complimentary refreshments may be provided in several garden areas throughout the day.

The cost to attend is $20 per person on the day of the event at any one of the garden site locations. To purchase tickets, additional information, contact President Gary DeGrande at 652-653-3958, or visit the pondtour section of the website mwgs.org for further details.

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