The third annual June Bloom Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 in McPherson.

The third annual June Bloom Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 in McPherson.

The tour encompasses a walk-through of six gardens, each maintained by one or more members of the McPherson County Master Gardeners.

Dewayne Herrs, a member of the Master Gardeners, said each of the gardens has it’s own unique feel and gives the opportunity to learn more about how to landscape and build one’s own garden.

“It’s there for the education,” he said. “If people see a shrub or flower they like, and they don’t know the name of it, they can ask us, or the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture.”

Master Gardeners will be at each of the six gardens to provide maps and answer questions.


Visitors will see the following:

Wendy Paul, 1026 Old Highway 81

Paul’s garden is a country-style garden landscaped next to Turkey Creek. Features of the garden include a painted tea house, bed headboards used as arches and handmade stepping stones.

“It makes you want to spend an afternoon and have a cup of tea,” Herrs said.

Bill and Barb Tieyah, 615 S. Maple

The Tieyah’s garden is decorated with a variety of birdhouses and bird feeders. At night, Herrs said screech owls will often visit the garden.

Other features include a brick path made of old Main Street bricks, a fish pond and a vegetable garden.

Mike and Kelli Dossett, 610 S. Walnut

Herrs said the Dossetts use every square inch of their yard in their garden.

The garden includes the use of recycled objects, Herrs said, many others may consider trash. Other features include chickens, a water collection system and stained-glass hangings.

Ron and Val Mork, 1407 N. Grimes

The Mork’s garden uses a variety of rustic decor, including a cistern pump, railroad ties and limestone fence posts. The yard also hosts a vegetable garden and some unique landscaping.

Washington Elementary School Courtyard, 128 N. Park Ave.

Herrs said the elementary students have taken the Washington Elementary School garden and made it their own.

“It’s a great learning place,” he said.

Some features of the garden include butterfly buckets, bird feeders and unique garden art.

Master Gardener and Friends Demo Garden, 600 W. Woodside

The demo garden is five different gardens in one, including a large variety of flowers and shrubs.

One of the gardens is a testing garden, where new plants from different areas of the world are tested in Kansas soil and weather to see how they fare. Other features include a hand-laid brick path, made of old bricks from McPherson streets, and wooden benches.


Tickets for the tour are $5. Advance tickets can be purchased at Smoky Valley Nursery, Stutzman’s Nursery, Sheila’s Garden Market, The Bookshelf and Hidden Closet, Headquarters Hair Care, Graber’s Ace Hardware and McPherson County Extension.

New this year is the “great garden matchmaker,” in which participants must match photos from the six gardens with the appropriate garden. Winners have a chance to receive gift certificates to various local businesses.

The McPherson Trolley will be made available for free this year. Starting at the Master Gardener and Friends Demo Garden, the trolley will rotate around each of the six gardens.

For tickets and more information, call 620-241-1523.

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