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Like gardening? Like a peek in lavish back yards? Modesto group has a tour for you

One of the sites on the Modesto Garden Club's Spring Garden Tour.
One of the sites on the Modesto Garden Club's Spring Garden Tour. Modesto Garden Club

A rite of Modesto spring returns next weekend as garden enthusiasts and the simply curious get a chance to tour landscapes at a handful of the city’s homes.

The annual Modesto Garden Club’s Spring Garden Tour returns April 27 with six homes with lavish yards open to the public.

In addition, the club’s downtown office will be open and features eight demonstration gardens for viewing and hands-on activities.

Here are the Modesto locations planned for this year’s tour, described in a press release from the Modesto Garden Club:

215 Lane St. — An intriguing entryway leads into this mid-century modern house via a footbridge. The house is a study in contrast, with the formality of stacked and structured brick walls set off by boulders and cobbles. The garden is complex, with many pathways, nooks and crannies. There are California native plants and numerous trees.

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One of the landscapes on the Modesto Garden Club's Spring Garden Tour. Modesto Garden Club

504 Riddle Court — In the front yard, wisteria drapes an arbor to a Gnome Home. The back yard is loaded with things to see, including seasonal slipcovers for furniture. Patrons might be surprised by online finds and altered fences that gain more privacy for this DIY and creative garden.

1220 Countryview Drive — The owner’s son designed the timeless design at this home, where the residents have lived for only a year. Redwoods and oaks were already there, but everything else in the yard is new and reflects the owner’s love of a green and white outdoor scheme. Look for white oak leaf hydrangeas, white delphiniums and white baby geraniums.

7434 River Nine — The architect/owner of this contemporary home designed the house to integrate the indoors and outdoors. One of the elms and one of the black pines have a history going back to World War II, when they were trained to be miniaturized versions of the stately trees. A fall of water comes from the roof line to the pool, creating a true wall of water.

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One of the sites on the Modesto Garden Club's Spring Garden Tour. Modesto Garden Club

7444 River Nine — Reminiscent of a French vacation cottage, this garden extends a warm welcome with a boxwood hedge-lined pathway. In the back yard enjoy the sight and sound of water falling from the raised spa into the pool. The courtyard is the focal point of the back yard and is designed for family and friends to enjoy outside dining and relaxing by the fireplace.

3348 Shoemake Avenue — The owners built this contemporary home to capture elements of a country French home. An avid gardener, the owner loved the opportunity to design the landscape, which also includes a fruit and vegetable garden. A unique feature is a large greenhouse filled with hanging baskets of plants, which go to local nurseries for sale.

Modesto Garden Club office, 622 14th St. — The space features eight demonstration gardens with numerous ideas you can use at your own home. The house was a rundown property that the Modesto Garden Club renovated over a three-year period in the early 2000s, including gutting the building interior along with a complete yard remodel. Today it welcomes visitors and serves as a hub for Garden Club activities and business.

Proceeds from the annual tour benefit the Modesto Garden Club’s community projects, including six $1,500 scholarships awarded each year to local youth; educational school gardens located at various schools throughout the area; planting and maintaining the Downtown Modesto Pots twice yearly; the planting and maintenance of the Modesto Flower Clock, located at I and 10th steets; the Virginia Corridor Memorial Rose Garden; and the rose garden located at Briggsmore and College Avenue.

Patrons can buy tickets in Modesto at Westurf Nursery, McHenry Mansion Visitors Center, Marcy’s Hallmark and Paper Habit; in Riverbank at Morris Nursery; Escalon, P & L Concrete & Garden Center; Turlock, The Greenery Nursery & Garden Center; Ripon, Park Greenhouse, Silverado Nursery and Schemper’s Ace Hardware. Tickets also can be purchased online modestogardenclub.org and will be available on the day of the event at any of the six homes on the tour.

Modesto Garden Club annual Spring Garden Tour

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27

WHERE: Various Modesto homes and demonstration gardens at the Garden Club Office, 622 14th St.

TICKETS: $30

ONLINE: modestogardenclub.org

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