LITCHFIELD

— The annual Meeker County Grasp Gardeners tour might be from 5 to eight:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. The gardens are all positioned south of U.S. Freeway 12.

Tickets are $10, and obtainable at every garden each on the night time of the tour and upfront at Stockmen’s Greenhouse, Meeker County Extension Workplace, Zion Lutheran and First Lutheran Church buildings in Litchfield. Proceeds from the tour will go to Zion youth and MST USA. For extra info, name 320-693-5275.

Master gardener Debi Decker runs her ringers through purple smoke bush on her property on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Debi and her husband, Nick Decker, are one of six gardens featured for this year's Meeker County Garden Tour.

Grasp gardener Debi Decker runs her ringers by way of purple smoke bush on her property on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Debi and her husband, Nick Decker, domesticate one among six gardens featured for this yr’s Meeker County Backyard Tour.

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Tour contributors ought to gown for the climate and strolling on uneven floor. They need to carry bug repellent and their very own water bottles.

Two gardens are south of Grove Metropolis. No. 6 is on the west facet of Lengthy Lake, and No. 5 is south on U.S. Freeway 4.

The opposite 4 gardens are within the Lake Minne-Belle space. No. 1 and No. 2 are alongside the east facet of the lake. Backyard No. 3 is a farm southwest of the lake, and No. 4 is a few miles west of the lake.

Marlys Anderson poses for a portrait in her yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Anderson is participating in this year's Meeker County Garden Tour.

Marlys Anderson poses for a portrait in her yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Anderson is taking part on this yr’s Meeker County Backyard Tour set for five to eight:30 p.m. July 12.

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62150 2 hundredth St., Litchfield
Anderson grew up on a farm and has all the time loved being open air and in concord with nature. After she and her husband acquired their closely wooded lake lot within the late 70s, she determined to create perennial gardens that didn’t require a number of upkeep. She has progressively acquired many hostas with variations of colour — from lime inexperienced to darkish inexperienced, blue and variegations of white. Search for Blue Cadets, Sagae, Sum and Substance, August Moon, Love Pat, Massive Daddy, Striptease, Francis William, June and Montana Auriomarginata. Marlys has additionally added different perennial flowers in her gardens for colour. She hopes you’ll benefit from the peaceable magnificence as a lot as she does.

Nick and Debi Decker stand in their fully-landscaped yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Nick and Debi Decker stand of their totally landscaped yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

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No. 2. Nick and Debi Decker

19635 623rd Ave., Litchfield
Debi Decker is a gardener at coronary heart. After she and her husband, Nick, bought their lake house in 2011, she moved some favourite perennials from their earlier house to broaden and personalize the gardens that have been already there. She describes gardens as a murals which can be continuously altering. She likes the number of timber on their lot, together with Japanese, crimson and burgundy maples, clump birch timber, weeping evergreen, decorative cherry tree, columnar poplar and the “granddaddy tree” — the burr oak. Search for white lilac, redbud and peegee hydrangea, and plenty of perennials.

A moth walks along a pedal of a tiger lily in the yard of Debi and Nick Decker on THursday, June 30, 2022. The couple's home will be featured in this year's Meeker County Garden Tour.

A moth walks alongside a pedal of a tiger lily within the yard of Debi and Nick Decker on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The couple’s house might be featured on this yr’s Meeker County Backyard Tour.

Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

No. 3, John and Connie Thor

18254 610th Ave., Litchfield
John and Connie Thor, together with their niece Jayna Larrea, invite everybody to come back out to the farm and luxuriate in a garden tended by “older of us.” See quite a lot of raised mattress gardens constructed with recycled gadgets resembling tractor tires, phone poles, and chrome steel sinks full of herbs and greens. There are additionally flowers galore and eccentric garden artwork. You could even see a fairy alongside the wooded path.

Sandy, from right, and Dave Dougherty stand before one of their yard decorations on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The couple will be showing their garden during this year's Meeker County Garden Tour.

Sandy, from proper, and Dave Dougherty stand earlier than one among their yard decorations on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The couple might be exhibiting their garden throughout this yr’s Meeker County Backyard Tour.

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No. 4, Sandy and Dave Dougherty

58620 CSAH 28, Litchfield
Dave and Sandy Dougherty bought their land in 2004, and have been in a position to pursue their curiosity in gardening. They each inherited a ardour for planting distinctive timber and vegetation. Grandma Helen Anderson offered many various vegetation, together with tons of of fern peonies that are in entrance of the home and within the vegetable garden. They’ve additionally labored on revitalizing the pure wetland east of the home, discovering vegetation that develop in each moist and dry circumstances.

Afternoon light highlights the intricate details of a plant leaf within Marlys Anderson's yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Afternoon gentle highlights the intricate particulars of a plant leaf inside Marlys Anderson’s yard on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

19177 540th Ave., Grove Metropolis
Donna Johnson has continued to garden even after the lack of her husband, Larry, in 2015. She began with greens and transitioned to flowers, increasing the gardens progressively. A few of the peonies within the middle of her yard are greater than 48 years outdated. Over time, an outdated grain drill and farm rocks have been added, together with different yard artwork birdhouses and feeders. There are a number of pretty solar and shade gardens to get pleasure from.

Afternoon sunlight illuminates zinnias in a perennials bed at the home of master gardeners Sandy and Dave Dougherty on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Afternoon daylight illuminates zinnias in a perennials mattress on the house of grasp gardeners Sandy and Dave Dougherty on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

23976 549th Ave., Grove Metropolis
DuFoe and her husband have lived on the west financial institution of Lengthy Lake for 21 years. They planted all of the timber and shrubs from seedlings, incorporating perennials and decorative grasses. Every year, they develop greens and hanging baskets of annuals so as to add colour all season. Concrete statues have been collected so as to add a whimsical contact. See if you’ll find Nessie, their favourite. In addition they have water options, hen feeders and hen homes all through the yard. Please watch your step, as the bottom is uneven.

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