Eldorado Area Gardening Tour

Whet your appetite for gardening, learn how to make things grow in desert soil, and get inspired to start a project of your own – at the 2nd Annual Eldorado Area Gardening Tour, Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s self-guided tour includes seven private residential gardens and the Eldorado School Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom.

What sets the Eldorado Area Gardening Tour apart from other tours is its focus on education. Gardeners, Master Gardeners and homeowners act as docents at each garden to answer questions.

Topics to explore include hardscapes, xeriscapes, cactus, native grasses, perennials, water management, planting strategies, trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs for high desert gardening. A plant list will be available at each location.

Starting point for the tour is the La Tienda shopping center, just off 285 on Avenida Vista Grande, where visitors can pick up a free tour map. New this year, for a $5.00 donation, is a goody bag full of seeds, fact sheets and a color brochure that details water use per square foot for each garden. Proceeds from donations benefit the Eldorado School Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom.

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