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The Blue Springs Historical Society’s 6th annual Garden Tour is Saturday.

This year it will include six gardens, including one in Grain Valley. The hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a self guided event that benefits the historical society. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Inklings Book and Coffee Shoppe, Special Events, Petals and Potpourri, Village Gardens or by calling 816-224-8979. Tickets are $12 the day of the tour and can be purchased at any garden. Children 12 and under are free.

The featured gardens:

• Heritage Garden: Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 S.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Activities: Kids can plant a heritage plant to take home, WEE Bus Tour, oil paintings by Donna Drake, bagel bites/cream cheese, and learn how a heritage garden is different, by Mary Potter.

• Beauty and the Brownfield: Keith and Pam Alborelli (the old Brownfield House), 102 S.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Master Gardener Pam has carefully planned this beauty. On the porch will be the Sisters Three and a workshop on lawn care.

• Gone with the Wind Estate Garden: John and Barbara Washburn, 2908 S. Buckner/Tarsney Road, Grain Valley. Enjoy the huge magnolia trees, the many flowers and a gazebo to sip lemonade while you learn how to drought proof your potted plants by Kim Dyer. Mid-Continent Public Library will host stories for the children.

• Bedazzled and Bejeweled Garden: Wanda and Glen Hollis, 2220 N.E. Waterfield Lane, Blue Springs. You’ll be dazzled by the amount of plants, flowers, and the beauty of this coiffed garden. While you browse, you can shop for one of a kind jewelry by Wanda, and be bowled over by the demonstration of unique and easy garden art. Munch on veggies and dip.

• Death by Chocolate: The Hatfields, 921 N.E. Sala Lane, Blue Springs. This garden is smaller, but packed with lots of character. You’ll enjoy special chocolate treats and purchase raffle tickets for a Heritage basket of historic sites (tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5).

• The Secret Garden: John and Ruth Wilkinson, 22800 E. 27th St. Ct. S., Blue Springs. A beautiful water garden will feature local poet Eve Brackenbury, who will read from her book of poetry featuring local illustrator, Phillip King, and his prints will be for sale. Special treats will be served.

The Blue Springs Historical Society would like to thank all of those hosting a garden for the tour and the following sponsors, Meyers Funeral Chapels of Blue Springs and Parkville, E.W.S. EnvironStar Waste Service, Inc., Colonial Nursery, Steve P. Thurmon, CPA, Health Matters Magazine, Parker Tree Service, Tyree, Eskew & Roberts L.C., Price Chopper, Powell Gardens, Brown’s Furniture and all of their in-kind contributors.