Garden tours offer beauty, ideas

Are you interested in some great landscaping ideas? Or maybe you would enjoy spending a little leisure time in beautiful gardens and enjoying the fruit of someone else’s labor.

If so, you will have three opportunities to attend garden tours in Rochester. Each has a slightly different focus and time frame. All use the funds from their tour to support community-based horticultural programs. Plan to attend and become inspired by these great gardens.

Rochester Garden and Flower Club Tour

4 p.m. until dusk Thursday,

This garden tour has had a long tradition of showing off the spectacular landscapes of some of Rochester's most accomplished gardeners. It always offers a wide variety of plants and garden themes to provide ideas for all types of yards. You will get to enjoy the hospitality of the homeowners and each site will have a garden club member and/or a master gardener to answer your garden related questions.


Maps will be available for purchase from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the west parking lot at the Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Drive S.E., Rochester.

Cost is $5 per person.

Rochester Pond and Garden Tour

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23,

Wristbands are available at Sargent’s North, Sargent’s on Second, Custom Retaining Wall, Family Tree Nursery and Maier Forest and Tree, all in Rochester. A downloadable map is available on the tour website.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of some of the most beautiful and sustainable landscapes around the Rochester area.

This tour focuses on water and rainwater management in landscapes. The tour offers a range of landscape ideas like ponds, pondless water falls, rain recapture/recycling systems, rain gardens, permeable pavers and much more.

In addition to several private gardens that are only opened on July 23, this tour offers several public sites that can be visited at any time. The sponsoring garden centers and landscape contractors offer a full line of pond and garden supplies and design/install services.



The tour is sponsored by local businesses that have an interest in promoting functional and environmentally friendly landscape options. Sponsors include several of Rochester's leading landscape design and install professionals. Their work will be showcased on this tour and they will be available at scheduled times to answer questions.


The tour will also host educational activities to teach and inspire neighbors, neighborhoods and businesses to incorporate "green" practices into their landscapes. RPGT presents a rare opportunity to see privately-owned gardens and speak one-on-one with civic agencies, accomplished landscape designers, green pros and builders.

At the same time, all profits from the Rochester Pond and Garden Tour will be donated to Rochester's RNeighbors organization.

Tour with the Masters

4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 27,

Wristbands and maps will be sold at the RCTC Heintz Center, in the west parking lot, or at any of the gardens during the tour. Garden addresses are available at the website. Wristbands are required for entrance to the gardens.


This tour is sponsored by the Olmsted County Master Gardeners. Four gardens will be highlighted.

The primary focus is to provide a garden education tour. Master gardener volunteers will teach participants a variety of garden topics at each site.

Proceeds from this tour are used for ongoing educational activities by the master gardeners.

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