Take a garden tour Saturday

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Planting: The event is self-guided and free to the public

By Jennifer Garcia

Five Los Alamos households will open their yards to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday as part of the Master Gardener’s Tour.
The tour is in its 10th year and is produced by the Los Alamos Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Extension Office and Los Alamos Extension Agent Carlos Valdez.  Gardeners and homeowners looking for answers to questions about growing vegetables and flowers in the area, as well as those looking for landscaping ideas, might enjoy the tour.
According to Master Gardener Denise George, it will include a variety of approaches to landscape design.
“The gardens on this tour are very different. Some lots are large and others small. All five residential gardens feature outdoor living space, some have ponds and other water features, most incorporate vegetable areas into their gardens, some emphasize attracting birds and other wildlife, some were designed to require little maintenance,” George said.
“Visitors should expect to leave with ideas that they might incorporate into their own landscapes. At each location, visitors will be able to ask master gardeners any questions they might have.”
This year, the following residents will be make up the tour:
• Shelby and Tony Redondo, 390 Manhattan Loop
• Kimberli Tanner, Barb Fox and Lee Builta (master gardeners), North Mesa Community Gardens
• Martha and Terry Hawkins, 369 Garver Lane, White Rock
• Delbert and Shirley Harbur, 83 Mesa Verde, White Rock
• Bob and Laurie Walker (master gardeners), 305 Donna, White Rock
• Michael and Pamela Hundley, 393 Richards Court, White Rock
George said, the North Mesa Gardens are “leased by the County Parks Division each year. They are a wonderful resource for residents who do not have space for gardens where they live. On our tour, there will be three master gardeners available to show the enormous variety of flowers and vegetables that are grown in the Community Gardens. This is an opportunity not to be missed.”
The tour is free and self-directed. Visitors may start at any garden and visit all or just some of the gardens on the tour.
“There is no need to sign up, just come and enjoy,” George said.
Tour brochures are available at Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Public Library, at the Los Alamos Extension Office and at lamgonline.org/docs/2012_MG_brochure.pdf. For more information, call 662-2656.