The wildly popular hidden garden tour in Three Rivers has added a new twist in 2015. This year, the biennial tour will not only feature five foothills gardens but for the first time, the gardeners will also open their homes for the tour. As a result, tour organizers are calling it the Three Rivers Hidden Home and Garden Tour.
HIDDEN HOME AND GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, April 18, 11 am-4 pm
Tickets: $40 (purchase at www.trusf.org) or at Three Rivers School
Gardening challenges— Gardening in Kaweah Country isn’t easy. Pick your problem: long, hot summers; gophers; deer; water; freezes; fungi. Gardening in the southern Sierra foothills is not for the faint of heart.
Get inspired— Come discover how five imaginative gardeners have not only tackled these challenges, but created beautiful and inspiring gardens that showcase their unique Three Rivers settings. From landscapes devoted entirely to drought-friendly plants to dramatic designs that intrigue, this year’s garden tour has something for everyone with the added bonus of providing a peek into the homes of these talented gardeners.
Unique and practical— This year’s five gardens feature inventive approaches to creating memorable landscapes. Three of the properties share a focus on California native plants that are well-suited to the region’s hot, dry summers. A sustainable farm showcases practices that produce food and use water wisely, and one garden celebrates the integration of home and garden into the native trees and boulders that make up the landscape.
Added bonuses— Tour participants will enjoy music, local plein air artists, and light refreshments at each site. Please bring your own refillable water bottle.
In addition, the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and Intermountain Nursery will conduct a native-plant sale at the Three Rivers Memorial Building for those inspired to get to work on their own gardens. (One does not need to be a tour participant to attend the sale.)
And, finally, tour participants will receive a map for a self-guided tour of five local, public, sustainable gardens featuring California natives, drought-tolerant and fire-safe plants that can be taken that day or any time. These demonstration gardens were developed and are maintained by the Redbud Garden Club of Three Rivers.
For a good cause— The Hidden Home and Garden Tour benefits the Three Rivers Union School Foundation, which raises funds to support the elementary school, its students, staff, facilities, and programs, and to continue the school’s tradition of excellence. Proceeds from this year’s tour will support key school priorities and help to match a technology challenge grant to expand much-needed broadband access for students and teachers.