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Two public gardens - and five private - on Denton Spring Garden Tour May 12

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Two public and five private gardens, will be on the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s fund-raising Spring Garden Tour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Public Gardens

The one-acre Israel prayer garden at the Global Spheres Center in Corinth is modeled after ancient maps of Israel’s 12 tribes. It includes the seven species mentioned in the Book of Deuteronomy — figs, grapes, pomegranates, wheat, barley, olive and date palm — and an unofficial eighth species, the almond. Other biblical plants include myrtle, willow, salvias and selected flowers and herbs.

In Lewisville, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District grounds will be open to the public to showcase multiple gardens brimming with roses, rutabagas and radishes. The landscape includes gardens inspired by the Texas Hill Country, England and Japan. Each is filled with native and adapted plants selected to be heat and drought tolerant yet able to survive the occasional hard freeze or snow in North Texas.

Private Gardens

Two privates residental gardens will be on display in Highland Village. The first is a private Asian-inspired garden filled with seasonal blooms, winding paths, shady arbors and garden art. The informal front yard invites visitors to pass under a canopy of large trees and along pathways lined by shade-tolerant plants. The shoreline backyard borders a greenbelt of trees, brush, wetlands and critters that provide a quiet setting for relaxation and reflection.

The second is an eclectic, self-seeding, sustainable sanctuarythat proves lush landscaping is possible without high maintenance, excessive water and heavy chemicals. This privategarden is home to prolific wildflowers, a ‘frog grotto’, a water fountain and a Japanese-styled space.

There are three Flower Mound gardens, including the famous Flower Mound, a 12.76 acre park of wildflowers and native prairie grasses in the heart of the city. This Denton County landmark is currently protected by the Mound Foundation, a non-profit organization that has identified more than 175 species of wildflowers growing there.

The second is a private residential garden filled with plants that survived last summer’s grueling heat. This includes native trees and hardy shrubs to drought-tolerant perennials, care-free roses and colorful wildflowers. This landscape started life as a typical residential yard but has been transformed with plants, moss boulders, stepping stones and yard art.

The third is a 25-year-old private garden and the ideal location for outdoor entertaining. Perennials team with colorful annuals to assure year-around color without excessive maintenance, time or resources.

Garden Tour tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on tour day. Children under 14 are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased on the Master Gardener website using PayPal until May 10 or in person at the Denton County Extension Officeat the corner of Loop 288 and Market Street, Suite 222, in Denton, and Calloway’s Nurseries in Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville and Southlake. They’re also available in Denton at Dennis’ Farm Store; Four Seasons Nursery and Meador’s Nursery; in Flower Mound at Schmidt’s Garden Center and Wild Birds Unlimited, and in Lewisville at Garden Ridge Farmers Market.

All money raised from the events helps fund local educational activities, such as Children’s Arbor Day, the children’s garden, the annual Vegetable, Flower, Herb & Fruit Show and the Bayless-Selby Victorian Garden.

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