Master Gardener Tour of Gardens

Tour of Gardens will be showcasing spectacular gardens around Dubuque and surrounding areas on Saturday, June 24th from 9am – 4pm. This annual event is a unique chance to get “behind the scenes” and see how people have transformed their yards into stunning landscapes. The sites have been specially selected to highlight unique plants, beautiful landscaping and good gardening practices.
Tour-takers will discover new types of plants and get ideas about how they can be more adventurous with their own landscaping. Mini-workshops about various gardening topics will be conducted at the gardens throughout the day.
Tickets for the Tour of Gardens are $10 per person and can be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the garden locations. 


All locations are in Dubuque, IA. Those marked with (***) offer workshops at the designated time. Directions are given in order starting at garden number 1. 

1. Mountain Retreat-Dan & Lorie Duclos (11103 Lakeview Drive Barrington Lakes)

From the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Duclos family traveled with their young children to hike, bike, and spring ski. They wanted to recreate their landscape to match their love of outdoors in the mountains. Come experience the rock formations and conifer garden.
Directions: From Dubuque on Hwy 20, turn left on Barrington Drive. After crossing the bridge, turn right on Lakeview Drive. The garden is 0.4 miles on the right. 

***2. Westminster Mission Garden-Westminster Presbyterian Church-Rich Henderson (2155 University Avenue)

Our purpose is to provide nutritious vegetables for those that do not have the means to purchase them. Area food pantries tell us their needs, and then we plan our gardens. We largely use the Square Foot Method of gardening as well as growing vertically. We use raised beds and grow lights to start our plants. Come and learn how to construct a raised bed, build a grow light stand, and start seeds using the grow light and a heating mat. We will talk about composting, mulching, and building trellises so you can grow vertically. 
Workshop: Vertical & Raised Bed Gardening (9:00AM-11:00AM)
Directions: Drive 0.4 miles to Barrington Drive, turn left to return to Hwy 20. Turn right and travel 4.5 miles to Devon Drive (Kwik Star on left corner) turning left. Keep right onto Mineral Street to University Avenue turning right. Turn left on Loras Boulevard and the church is on your immediate left. 

3. A Little Slice of Heaven-Ron & Peg Swartz (2059 Clarke Drive)

This garden is a place where you can take in the beauty of nature with a clematis covered arbor, where our son's wedding was celebrated. An open view of hydrangeas, hostas, roses, and many perennials can be viewed from a gazebo. A fountain that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies adds to the calm of the garden. Peg learned the passion for gardening from her best friend. 
Directions: Leaving church parking lot, turn right onto Loras Boulevard and immediately turn right onto University Avenue. At 3-way stop turn right on Asbury Road and right onto St. Ambrose Street at stop light. Go past St. Anthony's Church, turning right onto Clarke Drive. This garden is immediately on your left. 

***4. Transformation Year 2-Rhonda Hudgins & Tom Martin (959 Clarke Drive)

We are continuing to discover new plants and things about our yard. Last year, we added a deck and pergola to the front and began our shade garden. This year is a continuation of the hardscaping and the establishment of peonies garden, a herb bed, and vegetable garden. Come and enjoy the changes. 
Workshop: Composting for the Home Gardener (10:00AM-12:00PM)
Directions: Travel to 4-way stop and go straight through past Senior High School. Turn left onto Clarke Drive and travel 0.5 miles and this garden is on your left. There is a large deck on the front of a gray house. (Handicapped drop off accessible.)

*** 5. House of Seven Tableaux-Ron Barkow & Ron Weitz Jr. (2310 Hempstead Street)

A picture is worth a thousand words, so how many for a garden of pictures? Come see Route 66, House on the Rock, Uno and several more tableau gardens. A garden of intrigue!
Workshop: Tableaux Gardening (11:00AM-1:00PM)
Directions: Continue on Clarke Drive, turning left on Woodworth Street. Then turn right on Lowell Street and left at Hempstead Street. This garden is on your right and is the first home. 

6. Truly Unique Specimen Yard-Tim Pregler (1840 Kane Street)

Welcome to a yard of unique plants rarely seen elsewhere. We have a collection of small conifers and ornamental grasses. Look for zone-hardy cacti and succulents. 
Directions: Continue on Hempstead Street to Kaufmann Avenue turning left. Then turn right on Kane Street. Travel 1.2 miles and this garden is on the left across the street from the Wahlert High School's parking lot. 

Printable Flyer for the Tour of Gardens

The Dubuque County Master Gardeners are volunteers dedicated to educating the community about research-based, unbiased yard and garden practices. Based at the Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach Office, the Master Gardeners offer a wide variety of programs, including a free call center, educational workshops, information tables at garden centers, community garden support, and much more. For full details about the Master Gardener program call 563-583-6496.

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