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Check out these tours of Valley gardens

Spring means it's time to check out beautiful gardens around the Central Valley.

Here's a look at upcoming garden tours:

The Visalia YMCA's Garden Tour is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18 and features four gardens in the Visalia area.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at Link's, 115 E. Main St., Visalia; Pacific Treasures, 219 W. Main St., Visalia; and The Visalia YMCA, 211 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia.

Proceeds will benefit the YMCA preschool programs.

Details: (559) 627-0700, www. goldenstateymca.org.

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program's Glorious Garden III is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 25 and features four Madera-area gardens and a plant sale.

Tickets cost $18, $15 if purchased in advance, and are available at the University of California Cooperative Extension office, 328 S. Madera Ave., Madera; Floral Fantasy, 1930 Howard Road, Suite K, Madera; or Peters Brothers Nursery, 1135 S. Granada Drive, Madera.

Proceeds will benefit the new Three Sisters Demonstration Garden at State Center Community College, Madera.

Details: (559) 675-7879, ext. 210.

The Master Gardener Association of Fresno County's Spring Garden Tour is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 and features five home gardens and the Garden of the Sun.

Tickets cost $25, or $20 if purchased in advance, and are available at Belmont Nursery, Buttonwillow Nursery, Cliff Finch's Topiary Zoo, Evergreen Garden Center, Gazebo Gardens, H&E Nurseries, Miller-Clark Nurseries, Riverside Nursery, Willow Gardens Nursery, Lotus Garden, Fresno Ag Hardware, For the Birds in Kingsburg, Harts for the Home and Tassel's in Fig Garden Village.

Proceeds will benefit local Master Gardener programs.

Details: (559) 439-7072, 970-3384, mgfresno.ucdavis.edu.

The Hanford Garden Club's 12th annual Garden Tour is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16 and features five gardens within the Hanford, Lemoore, Laton and Riverdale areas.

Tickets cost $10 and are available from club members and the following locations: Gonsalves-Fasso City Florist, 603 E. Grangeville Blvd., Hanford; Hofman's Nursery, 12491 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford; or Ramblin-Rose Florist, 242 Heinlen St., Lemoore.

The event also includes a plant sale and vendors.

Details: (559) 867-3186, 584-8667.

-- Candice Torres, The Fresno Bee

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