Grow­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

On July 18th the Man­i­toba Master Gar­dener As­so­ci­a­tion will show­case nine gar­dens in south Winnipeg, some in suburbia and a few with more ex­pan­sive prop­er­ties lo­cated on the city’s out­skirts. Gar­den­ing work­shops and Master Gar­den­ers will be avail­able to ex­pand on the spe­cial fea­tures in each garden. One dreamy river­side garden on the tour will en­tice vis­i­tors with its unique French coun­try-themed out­door din­ing room. Tempted to re­vamp your front yard? Ursula Smythe’s garden is a study in tex­tures, in­clud­ing a wide va­ri­ety of or­na­men­tal grasses, flow­er­ing peren­ni­als and a car­pet of lush ground­cover plants. Ticket lo­ca­tions are avail­able at mg­man­i­toba.com. Also on July 18th, the Car­man Garden Club hosts its Garden Cel­e­bra­tion Tour. Or­ga­nizer Val Wiebe says this year’s garden tour will in­clude par­tic­i­pa­tion by tal­ented lo­cal artists and mu­si­cians. Reg­is­tra­tion is at the Car­man Duf­ferin Mu­seum start­ing at 12:30 p.m. Fol­low­ing the tour, which runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., vis­i­tors are in­vited back to the mu­seum for light re­fresh­ments. The Car­man Garden Club has 18 ju­nior gar­den­ers who are given seeds to plant each spring. Tour-go­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to visit one of the gar­dens main­tained by a ju­nior gar­dener. Wiebe has served as one of the judges and says the gar­dens, planted mostly with veg­eta­bles and flow­er­ing an­nu­als, must be kept neat and tidy and weed free. Ju­nior gar­den­ers are re­quired to main­tain records and take pho­tos. Last year one of the most well-at­tended tours of the sea­son was hosted by Spring­field

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