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Garden tour to feature music, art

The 2011 Rochester Garden and Flower Club Annual Garden Tour is set for July 21. This year's tour features six area gardens of various sizes in which guests can experience a variety of light exposures, plant material, water and hardscape features, all at their leisure from 4 p.m. to dusk.

Musicians and artists have been added to the tour, so participants can enjoy music and artistic creations as they tour the gardens. Master gardeners will be at every garden to answer questions.

The tour begins with the RCTC SMART garden, which is open to the public year round. It is a work in progress with something new added each year.

Also part of the tour, enjoy the "Rocky Top Garden," and at another garden, see what a railroad enthusiast created when the hobby was brought outside.

Tour map ticket sales are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rochester Community and Technical College, in the Heintz Center west parking lot at 1926 Collegeview Drive S.E. Cost is $5 per person and includes a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream cone served in the RCTC SMART garden gazebo.

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A Channel One food barrel will be available for non-perishable food donations.

Rochester Garden and Flower Club has been serving area gardeners since 1929. It provides an arena for area residents who share a passion for gardening, to connect with each other and the community through monthly meetings, committee activities, educational opportunities, organized tours and community projects.

The annual garden tour proceeds help fund the clubs community projects in addition to funding RCTC Horticulture scholarships. Rochester Garden and Flower Club community projects include: garden maintenance at Soldier's Memorial Field, assistance in maintaining the RCTC SMART garden rose garden, assistance with and funding landscaping projects for Habitat for Humanity homes, decorating for the Mayowood Christmas fundraiser and planting and maintaining the flower planters at Graham Park, YMCA and Historic Mayowood.

For more information about Rochester Garden and Flower Club's events, activities, projects, membership and more www.rgfc.org .

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