One is a stunning backyard garden in a formal setting. Another is an informal garden featuring natural surroundings. Some are in the city; others are in country settings. Some are filled with statues and whimsical yard art; others let nature do all the talking.
The tour features gardens at the homes of Wade and Julia Coody, James Bozman, Dale Hipke, David and Mary Jane Stine and Nick and Carol Ann Sample.
“You will see a very formal English garden, some lovely fountains and pools, unique garden art and beautiful gazebos, arbors and bird baths,” Mrs. Bishop noted.
The East Texas Master Gardeners group hopes that more than anything the gardens will inspire.
“Get ideas for your own yard,” Mrs. Bishop said. “Learn ways to incorporate all sorts of throw-a-ways into really fun art.”
The Smith County Master Gardeners Home Garden Tour is set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Tour tickets are onsale for $10 in advance and will be $12 the day of the tour.
Advance sales are available through April 26 at Brookshire’s at 100 Rice Road, Potpourri House at 3320 Troup Highway, Blue Moon Nursery at 13062 FM 279 in Chandler, Al Horaney’s at 5520 Old Jacksonville Highway, and at the Extension Office in Cotton Belt Building at 1517 Front, Suite 116.