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Master Gardeners to host garden tours

The Beltrami County Master Gardeners will sponsor a tour of eight area gardens on July 22.

Tickets cost $10 and go on sale on Saturday. They are available on the sidewalk in front of MarketPlace Foods.

There be drawings for two gift certificates at the end of the tour from Country Greenhouse and Midway Garden Center. There is a limit of 200 tickets available. The Master Gardeners ask that no one bring children younger than 12 and there is no refund and no rain date.

"Even if it's just sort of raining, people will come anyway," said Linda Brew, tour coordinator.

Those participating in the tour can visit the gardens in any order using the map in the ticket/brochure. Master Gardeners will be on hand at each stop to describe the plantings and care of the various flowers, vegetables and shrubs in their gardens. Many of the gardeners also enjoys adding statuary, birdhouses and other accents to their gardens. Several also cultivate themed gardens.

The tour includes the following gardens:

E Helenruth Schuette, 126 Woods Bluff Road N.W. She gardens on clay using raised beds for vegetables, herbs and perennials. Her gardens feature a mix of shade- and sun-loving perennials.

E Karen and Jim Mergens, 120 Island View Drive N.W. The Mergens grow a wide variety of perennials. They also are into the second year of a lakeshore restoration project.

E Cheryl and Bill Harms, 13818 Turtle Lake Turnpike N.W. This couple's gardens feature extensive vegetable gardens, herb gardens and small fruits and apple trees. They also cultivate sun and shade gardens and showcase hostas.

E Neilson Place: a Public Garden, north side of the 1000 block of Anne Street Northwest, east of North Country regional Hospital. Neilson Place features a unique rock garden with collectors' stones intermingled with sun-loving perennials and aromatic plants near the walkway.

E Connie and Michael McDaniel, 8730 N. Grace Lake Road S.E. The McDaniels gardens are an elaborate mix of perennials and herbs. They feature a shady woodland garden and whimsical ornaments. They will provide a history of herbs and their medicinal properties.

E Linda Tenneson, 3307 St. Onge Drive N.E. Tenneson struggles with deer depredation and uses various kinds of fencing to protect roses, perennials, annuals and young trees from deer browsing.

E Betty and Ted Magnan, 3465 Riverside Drive N.E. Set on the bank of the Mississippi River near the Lake Bemidji outlet, the Magnans' gardens feature a variety of themes. There is a garden dedicated to their grandchildren with stepping stones imprinted with the little hands and feet among the colorful perennials and annuals. Betty said the grandchildren like to compare how they have grown with the prints. The garden also features statues of angels to symbolically protect the children.

There is a Peace Garden with a peace pole -- "Let there be peace on earth" -- in English, Ojibwe, Croatian and Aramaic.

The Magnans also covered what had been a swimming pool to make a patio and gazebo.

E Sherry and Dave Kloha, 3465 Riverside Drive N.E. The Klohas are the Magnans' next-door neighbors, so their garden is accessed through a rustic gate between the two properties. The Klohas' gardens are both near the house and at the roadside with perennials, annuals and vegetables.