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Garden Tour tradition continues

Amateur and master gardeners made the rounds during a grand tour filled with amazing flower and vegetable gardens, orchards, and a few unexpected surprises along the way.

The much-anticipated Carlton County Garden Tour 2022 featured five properties in the Blackhoof-Mahtowa area Tuesday evening, July 19. Curious garden enthusiasts were treated to pleasant weather and diverse gardens during the annual tour. According to one tour stop host, well over 100 visitors stopped by to peek and take longer close-up looks during the three-hour event.

The annual garden showcase was sponsored by the Carlton County Master Gardeners, a University of Minnesota Extension program. The free event was self-guided and visitors could opt to visit one or more of the selected garden locations.

Unique features in this year's tour gardens included a fruit and nut orchard, herbal tea garden, a labyrinth of raised bed gardens, a 1930s-era fieldstone chicken coop, hillside perennial gardens, and traditional ornamental gardens. Old barns, greenhouses, and bee colonies were also present at the various tour sites.

The Carlton County Master Gardeners put together the garden tour each summer, carefully identifying and selecting tour sites that offer a showcase of skill, knowledge, creativity and hard work.

The five homeowners selected for the Carlton County Garden Tour 2022 were Jan and John Stanslaski, Blackhoof; Keith and Alisha Stoltzfus, Blackhoof; Jan and Gary Oltmanns, Mahtowa; Doug and Tammy McLellan, Mahtowa; and Wendy Fetters, Mahtowa.

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