• Garden Tour this weekend in Blue Springs, Grain Valley

  • The Blue Springs Historical Society is combining the outdoors with raising money in a weekend event of gardens.

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  • The Blue Springs Historical Society is combining the outdoors with raising money in a weekend event of gardens.
    The fifth annual Garden Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The self-guided event features six unique gardens in Blue Springs and Grain Valley.
    Tickets can be purchased for $10 from the Historic Soda Fountain, 1112 W. Main St.; Memories on Main Tea Room-Café, 1105 W. Main St.; Special Events, 1101 W. Main St.; America’s Community Bank, 1100 Main St.; Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1000 W. Main St.; Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 900 S. Missouri 7; Petals & Potpourri , 708 S.W. U.S. 40; Meyer Music, 1512 S.W. U.S. 40; Ben’s Lawn and Garden, 1001 S.W. U.S. 40; Christine’s Salon, M-7 and Main St.; Village Gardens, 650 N.W. Mock Ave.; Genevieve’s Home & Handmade, 706-B N. M-7 and the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 S.W. 15th St.
    On the day of the Garden Tour, tickets can be purchased at any of the gardens for $12 per person.
    “We usually get between 150 to 200 people (at the event), but we would like to see that number increased,” said Mary Potter, a volunteer with the Blue Springs Historical Society. “We are hoping that this year, we will have a nice, warm day and lots of people will come out.”
    The gardens include a professionally landscaped home surrounded with flowers; a Master Gardener’s yard with perennials and hostas with the shade provided by large trees; one with a country feel with bird houses and watering cans among flowers and shrubs; a yard with secluded rooms with fruits and vegetables incorporated into the getaway; a garden that features flowering shrubs, trees, potted flowers, lilies, gladiolas and a huge variety of roses, and the 1906 Educational Heritage Garden on the Dillingham-Lewis Museum grounds. This garden has architectural features that include a pergola, picket fence and arbor adorned with heirloom roses. All of the plants and flowers are what would have been in a typical garden in 1906.
    Potter said all of the money raised from the Garden Tour goes to help the historical society maintain and keep its buildings open to the public. The historical society operates the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, the Chicago and Alton Hotel, the Chicago and Alton Depot and the 1906 Educational Heritage Garden.
    "We are not supported with any government funds, so we try to bring in as much as we can fundraising to pay the bills and keep the doors open,” Potter said. “I think my favorite part of the garden tour is seeing the diversity of the gardens and how people approach it. I like the variety, and the way people try to take back what they have seen to their own gardens.”
    For more information or to find a list of gardens by address, visit www.BlueSpringsHistory.org.

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