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See a preview of Master Gardener Spring Tour

See a preview of three of the five home gardens featured in the Master Gardener Association of Fresno County’s Spring Garden Tour. The three are in the city's historic Wilson tract, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
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See a preview of three of the five home gardens featured in the Master Gardener Association of Fresno County’s Spring Garden Tour. The three are in the city's historic Wilson tract, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

The 28th annual Spring Garden Tour featuring five home gardens in Fresno is Saturday, April 27.

The Fresno County Master Gardeners produces the show, a rare chance for the public to visit backyards of some of the city’s most unique homes.

This year’s tour honors the centennial of the Wilson Tract (also known as Wilson Island and Wilson District), a neighborhood in the Tower District just south of McKinley Avenue. Three of the featured gardens are at homes in the tract, all within walking distance.

“It’s been a great adventure to be on the garden tour,” says Wendy Carroll, one of the Wilson Tract homeowners.

Also, two gardens at southeast Fresno homes are featured. And, as always, the Master Gardeners’ Garden of the Sun, which serves as home base for the day.

Visitors can tour the gardens in any order but must have a ticket (including children). Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 day of. Advance tickets are on sale at many area businesses and at Garden of the Sun; day-of tickets are available at any tour stop.

There is no handicap accessibility at the private gardens, but Garden of the Sun has a No Barriers garden.

The tour benefits Master Gardener programs.

A closer look at this year’s gardens (descriptions by Master Gardeners):

The Callahan Garden – This Asian-influenced garden sits on the Sunnyside golf course, with waterfalls, a lily pond and a koi pond.

The Holland Garden – A mature, beautifully landscaped setting includes a wonderful variety of plants and an outdoor bedroom.

The Carroll Garden – Part of the historic Wilson District of Fresno, this caterer’s garden has edible landscape throughout the peaceful setting.

The Mazzoni Garden – Newly landscaped front garden with many waterwise and unusual plants, this small-spaced garden is brimming with perennials and is also in the Wilson District.

The Raymond Garden – A Master Gardener’s garden, this Wilson District garden was restored to original landscape design and features espalier fruit trees as well as many dining and sitting areas.

Garden of the Sun You are greeted by beautiful climbing roses at this well-tended Master Gardener demonstration garden. All day Saturday the Garden of hte Sun hosts its annual plant sale.

For details about the tour including maps and plant lists, a list of ticket presale locations and more, go to ucanr.edu/sgtfresno. For directions or questions, call Jenny at 559-245-2543 or Becky at 559-423-0723.

Hanford Garden Tour

Also happening Saturday, April 27 is the Hanford Garden Club’s 22nd annual Garden Tour. It runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features five gardens with vendors and plant sale at another location.

Tickets are $20. For more information including where to buy tickets, call 559-707-1766 or 559-381-2689 or go to the club’s website, hanfordgardenclub.wixsite.com/hfdgardenclub.

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