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Who has the best garden in Folsom? Take a look for yourself at an annual fundraiser

A featured garden from the 2018 Folsom Garden Club Tour.
A featured garden from the 2018 Folsom Garden Club Tour. Folsom Garden Club

Six private gardens will be on display during the 19th annual Folsom Garden Tour, offering a rare opportunity to view the land cultivated by Folsom’s horticulturally inclined.

The tour is hosted by the Folsom Garden Club, a nonprofit organization, and serves as a fundraiser for their grant and scholarship programs. The programs fund beautification projects and projects by other local nonprofits, and provide scholarships for students in horticulture, floriculture and other plant-related programs.

This year’s tour is Saturday and Sunday and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The tour takes about three hours to complete, and each of the six gardens will have master gardeners on hand and artists painting in the garden.

The gardens at each home run from small to large and include a variety of greens, colors, patios and pools.

One of the gardens, located on Russler Lane, has a bit of everything, with a pool, gazebos, ponds, a Japanese garden and a hidden lower level featuring a vegetable garden, grape vines and a horseshoe pit.

Another garden, located on Emigrant Court, is themed after Tuscany, with a side yard orchard growing berries, apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, pluots and grapes. One area of this garden is the owner’s “jungle,” with tropical plants like palm trees and birds of paradise, the FGC said.

Other gardens include redwoods, succulents, multilevel yards, pools, antique garden tools, birdhouses and more.

The tour also features a plant sale and a bake sale, which the garden club said is notorious for selling out of treats early.

The Garden Club Tour has funded 48 scholarships for a total of $65,500 since 2001, according to the club. Along with the scholarships, it’s also funded 45 grants, totaling $48,458, in six years.

If you go

What: The 19th Annual Folsom Garden Club Tour

Where: Locations across Folsom; begins at 1332 Parsons Court

When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: required for all attendees over the age of 16. $20; can be purchased at select retailers, online, or at 1332 Parsons Court on the day of the tour. For more information, visit folsomgarden.org/2019-annual-garden-tour.

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