Blooming Beauties

garden tour invites you to explore beautiful plantings

Barbara Arnold

Seven gardens on the west side of Eau Claire – several featuring breathtaking views of the city and river – will be featured in the second annual Gardens in Bloom tour on Saturday, July 13, from 9am to 4pm, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Eau Claire Garden Club, the gardens on this year’s tour are a secluded sanctuary garden; a sustainable garden showcasing solar and geothermal installations that provide 90% of the family’s energy needs; an Asian-inspired design with pagoda and tea house; a whimsical garden combining flowers, herbs, and vegetables; an historic home site with more than 100 varieties of daylilies; a garden filled with roses and wisteria; and a country garden with a hillside koi pond and classic cars on display. Every garden will contain a “picture frame” where tour guests can snap a photo of themselves and post to social media. One of the sites will also feature a Garden Marketplace, which will offer a large selection of garden crafts created by club members this past winter as well as artwork and plants. Big Stack Meat & Catering will also provide lunch from 11am to 4pm for purchase at one of the sites. Tickets are $15, and are available at all three Eau Claire Festival Food stores or online at eauclairegardenclub.com. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at each of the tour locations. Proceeds from the tour help fund the club’s grant program, which supports community garden projects and horticultural education in the Chippewa Valley. 

Eau Claire Gardens in Bloom Tour • Saturday, July 13, 9am-4pm • multiple locations, Eau Claire • $15 • tickets available at all Eau Claire Festival Foods stores and at eauclairegardenclub.com

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