This is the 31st year that Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners have organized a community garden tour. The first class of Extension Master Gardeners set in motion the opportunity for our neighbors to show case their gardening interest. Participants on the tour can glean ideas, see reliable plants and spend the afternoon with other like minded gardeners.

The tour is on Sunday, June 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are five private gardens along with the Gardens and K-State. Proceeds benefit the Gardens and K-State. More than $45,000 has been given to the project.

Tickets are $10 the day of the tour. A ticket can be purchased at all the sites when you arrive. Advanced tickets for $8 are available at the extension office and several garden centers. Children under the age of 12 are free.

A thank you to the hosts on this year’s tour. They are David and Peggy Anderson at 539 Westview, Arlo and Diane Bierre at 2605 Woodhaven Court, Troy and Rhonda Hensley at 444 Oakdale, Mike and Lana Hufnagel at 5208 Tuttlecove and Frank and Geralyn Tracz at 145 Bethany, plus the Gardens at 1500 Denison Avenue. They join the 142 other hosts that have shared their garden with our community.

Riley County Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be stationed at each garden site to answer questions. Their mission is to enrich our community with researched information and share it with other gardeners. It takes the help of 30 volunteers to staff the garden tour.

More sites and volunteers are welcome. Nominate yourself or a neighbor’s garden to be put on the potential list. The fall training for new Extension Master Gardener volunteers begins on Sept. 5. Fill out an application at the office or from our website when available.

You can find out more information on this and other horticulture topics by going to the Riley County, K-State Research and Extension website at www.riley.ksu.edu. Gregg may be contacted by calling 785-537-6350 or stopping by 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan or e-mail: geyestone@ksu.edu.

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