It's garden tour time in North Texas

A pollinator garden is featured on the Denton County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Tour. 

May 9, 2017

Spring is the time for garden tours in North Texas, when plants - and people - are still perky. Gawking at others' lavish landscaping will give you wild ideas about your own humble yard. Sure many of these tours feature old school water-hogging landscaping, but fortunately organic gardening, butterfly gardens and xeriscaping are becoming more mainstream. So think local (as in native plants) when you translate these inspirations to your own green sanctuary. Now for those outdoorsy folks up for a real hike, check out the wild and woolly Texas Prairies Bus Tour held this year in Central Texas. 

DCMGA Spring Garden TourDCMGA Spring Garden Tour - Denton

When: May 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hosted by: The Denton County Master Gardener Association

About: This year’s tour features 5 gardens owned by Master Gardeners, including one dubbed the Pollinator's Paradise. There are also two bonus public gardens at Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square and Denton County Historical Park. See descriptions and pics on the website.

Tickets: $10, Children 12 and under free. Admission to a single garden is $5. Admission to the bonus gardens is free. Tickets available at the Denton County Extension office, the Denton County Calloway’s or online.



White Rock East Garden Tour & ArtisansWhite Rock East Garden Tour & Artisans - Dallas

When: May 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hosted by: The neighborhood associations of Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates 

About: Nine creative gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates will be showcased this year, featuring terraced landscaping, peaceful retreats, large organic gardens, water features, lavish outdoor entertaining venues, fun and funky art, and incredible landscaping, trees, and flowers. In addition to dedicated gardeners, these neighborhoods are home to many talented artists who will have their unique creations for sale in the gardens. There is also a plant sale at Casa Linda Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Tickets: Purchase online or at the tour. Pre-tour $12.50, Day of tour $15.



Fort Worth Hidden Gardens Tour Hidden Gardens Tour - Fort Worth

When: May 21, Noon to 6 p.m.

Hosted by: Historic Fort Worth

About: Tour 7 private gardens in historic Berkeley Place. There was no sneak peek photo available at time of press so they mean it when they say "hidden." However, this tour is guaranteed to feature a variety of charming backyards of Fort Worth's quaint vintage homes.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Tickets may be purchased at Archie's Gardenland, C.C.’s Touch of Nature and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House or online.




Celina Garden of OzCountry Garden and Market Tour - Celina

When: June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hosted by: The Celina Garden Club

About: A showcase of eight private gardens, farms and wineries. Tour the new Garden of Oz at Celina Elementary School. Locally produced foods and products available for purchase.

The Garden of Oz at Celina Elementary School .

Tickets:  $20 in advance or purchase at local ticket outlets (see website). $25 on day of tour at Celina's downtown square only. First 350 people to purchase tickets, online or in person, receive a free tote bag.


Off the beaten path

Texas Prairies Bus TourTexas Prairies Bus Tour - Central Texas

When: June 3, 6:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hosted by: The Native Prairie Association of Texas

About: For those who are up for a tour that's a little more rugged, the Native Prairies Assocation of Texas is hosting its second annual Texas prairies bus tour. Tour route includes Temple, Taylor area, Marlin and then near Crawford. Lunch in Salado is included in fee. Dinner in West is on your own. Central Texans registered to follow in own vehicles will receive email with meet-up instructions. READ ABOUT LAST YEAR'S TOUR.

Tickets: $65-$85




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