Garden tour features eight stops this year

New ideas pop up from the ground each year as part of the Marshalltown Garden Club tour.

The tour returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 with eight garden stops this year.

“We love gardening and like to showcase area people that spend a lot of time in their gardens,” said Karla Brannaman, chair of the event this year. “We learn from each other.”

The garden features all new locations for 2013 and each has a touch of uniqueness.

“Everybody has a treasure in one way or another,” Brannaman said. “There’s just a wide variety of techniques and arrangements.”

People can come and go as they please at the locations and there will be water and some refreshments at the stops.

“Many of the hosts will be there so people can ask questions,” Brannaman said. “The people have worked really hard getting their gardens ready.”

Cost of tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 and they are available at Rhubarb and Lace, 30 E. Main St., or at any of the garden stops on the tour the day of the show.

Money raised from the tour goes back into community beautification projects of the club.

The homes this year includes LaVonne Baker, 101 Palmer St.; Jerry and Elaine Harms, 11 Palmer St.; Randy and Cindy Vaughn, 210 Edgeland Drive; Jay and Sue Merryman, 2207 Marshalltown Blvd.; Tim Hutcheson, 2169 180th St. (south of Albion along Highway 330); Jim and Sher Chebuhar, 112 N. 19th St.; Amelia Wolken, 105 N. 19th St.; and Fred and Myrna Bayer, 712 W. Main St.

The event goes on rain or shine. Look for pictures of the other locations on the stop in future issues of the Times-Republican.