From a no-fuss garden in a new housing development to one full of roses out in the country, this weekend’s Douglas County Extension Master Garden Tour is bountiful in styles and themes.
“We tried to pick gardens that represented a variety of sizes and interest,” said Jennifer Smith, who is the horticulture extension agent for K-State Research and Extension.
Among this year’s stops is a garden in a fairly small yard that has easy to take care of plants that accommodate the owner’s busy lifestyle.
“It’s fairly new construction that has gone from no landscaping to a beautifully landscaped backyard,” Smith said.
On the other end of the spectrum is a garden on three acres of land south of Lawrence, which is lush with roses, water features and a gazebo.
“It’s really dramatic,” Smith said.
Two gardens on the tour include plants that are edible and all of the tour stops have one theme in common.
“I think all of our gardeners are interested in plants that are easy to take care of,” Smith said.
Visitors can also check out the demonstration gardens, which include shade, butterfly and rain gardens, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. They also will have a plant sale.
The event, which is held every other year, raises money for the master gardeners program in Douglas County. The master gardeners are a group of volunteers who pass on their green thumb knowledge through educational programs.
Tickets for the garden tour cost $10 and can be purchased at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., or at any of the stops along the tour.