LONGMONT – With the snow, rain, and humidity gardens are geared up to produce a season of glorious color. Take advantage of the show by marking your calendars to peek behind walls and fences for ideas to apply to your landscape, courtesy of local garden tours.
The 16th Annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour is June 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., showcasing outstanding gardens in the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. Privately owned, these beautiful gardens are not open to the public at any other time of year. The gardens are selected to show a variety of types: mature, avant-garde, lavish and modest. They feature exotic plants, rare and gorgeous flowers, extraordinary hardscaping, terraced landscapes and gardens that cleverly exemplify ways to implement water-wise and captivating plantings. Proceeds benefit the Whittier International School. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and teens, kids 12 and younger free (no dogs please). Tickets the day of the tour are $20 at the ticket booth located at 840 Mapleton Avenue in Boulder. For tickets and information, visit whittiergardentour.com.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra Guild’s 41st Annual Festival of Flowers garden tour takes visitors through five outstanding gardens, June 8-9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support the orchestra while enjoying the blooms of the private, lovely gardens. Tickets are $12 and available from Symphony Guild members and area merchants. For more information and ticket purchasing locations, check out longmontsymphony.org.
Boulder County Audubon and the Colorado Native Plant Society are hosting the Habitat Heroes Garden Party Tour Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various gardens around Boulder County. If you’re passionate about pollinators and other denizens of the landscape, take this tour for ideas on how to make small or large changes that conserve water and supports birds, butterflies, and other arthropods. Each stop will explore a different aspect of what it takes to be a “Habitat Hero,” where the emphasis will be on native and climate adapted plants. For information, visit boulderaudubon.org/event/habitat-heroes-garden-party-tour-save-the-date.
The 14th annual Loveland Garden Tour, June 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. showcases private gardens in the Springs at Mariana in Loveland. The tour features art for the garden by regional artists and a silent auction of upcycled items suitable for outdoor spaces. Proceeds from the event benefit Loveland Youth Gardeners, a local nonprofit organization providing educational programs for youth ages 5 to 21 and fresh produce for low-income community residents. Advance tickets are $15 and purchase of the guide book is an additional $3; day of the event $18 for tickets only. Tickets available online at lovelandyouthgardeners.org or call 970.669.7182.
The Junior League of Fort Collins is sponsoring the 36th Annual Terrace and Garden Tour, June 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. As the major fundraiser of the year, the garden tour supports programs such as the Junior League Career Closet, Lincoln Center Children’s Imagination Series, Done-In-A-Day Projects and Kids in the Kitchen. Tickets are $20 but if you want the VIP treatment of food and beverage sampling during the tour, $35. Tickets can be purchased online at jlfortcollins.org.
By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension. CSU Extension together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.