Sylvan Hauser’s garden located in Spring Grove is on the tour Saturday.
Sylvan Hauser’s garden located in Spring Grove is on the tour Saturday.
The fourth annual Bluff Country Family Resources Garden Tour will be Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come tour 10 private gardens in scenic Bluff Country area, weaving between Minnesota and Iowa.

One hundred percent of the profits for this garden tour will benefit Bluff Country Family Resources in Hokah, which supports victims of domestic violence and homelessness.

"With our very late spring, we will likely be able to appreciate a differing array of certain blooms this year such as peonies and iris that typically have finished blooming when our tour takes place," BCFR director Robin Tschumper pointed out.

Featuring a variety of gardens located in the southeastern portion of Houston County and even a couple over the border into Iowa, there are garden with a large canvas to paint their creativity as well as some smaller town gardens.

"We guarantee you will take away ideas for your garden - whether small or large. You will enjoy the scenic vistas of this lovely region as you drive our country roads through the hills and valleys of the driftless region," Tschumer added.

Participants will also be able to enjoy numerous "barn quilts" on the rural routes they will follow. This is a one-day opportunity - rain or shine. Make plans to attend the Garden Party at the end of the day at the Bluff Country Artists Gallery in downtown Spring Grove.

There will be an opportunity to bid on a garden related item in the silent auction. Master Gardener, Linda Lind of Alpine Nursery, will be giving a presentation on cooking with herbs at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Refreshments featuring herbal recipes will be enjoyed.



Garden 1 features the talents of Mac Macomber and Rich Orth, 300 Townline Road, Eitzen - Rich and Mac take vegetable gardening to a whole new level. They have two large vegetable gardens with an emphasis on those that they can turn into their quality salsas. This year they are experimenting with lasagna beds.

• Garden 2 is by Marlene and Robert Meiners, 106 Bunge St., Eitzen - Highlights include garden art and antiques in her large border garden in her rolling hillside yard in Eitzen.

• Garden 3 at Sue and Dean Meyer's, 1286 Oriole Dr., south of Eitzen on the way to New Albin, Iowa - Sue has been gardening for over 25 years. Her garden features many proven winners in her perennial beds. She has over 75 different hostas.

• Garden 4 by Rita and Curt Beardmore, 1247 Pool Hill Dr., New Albin- Rita has many perennial beds, vegetable beds and many varieties of productive fruit trees including peaches and pears!

She has a small green house that her sons built her that helps her get a jump on spring planting.

• Garden 5 showcases Mary and Robert Staggemeyer's skills at 1268 Pool Hill Dr., New Albin -Mary tends lovely perennial beds that surround her home and outbuildings on a hillside that enjoys a lovely panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

• Garden 6 grown by Linda and Devoine Kruse, 22220 Portland Prairie Rd., Caledonia - shows immaculate perennial beds that surround her classic farmhouse on the family dairy farm. Her water feature and the use of potted red begonias throughout her landscape make for a unique garden. She also artfully uses country antiques throughout her beds in a very welcoming way.

• Garden 7 in Spring Grove is groomed by Sylvan Hauser at 225 3rd Ave. SE - When asked to describe his garden, he replied, "It's trying its darnest!" Welcoming rows of roses, lining the walkway in the side yard and a beautiful backyard filled with curving beds of annuals and perennials are among the many features you will find. Don't miss the pond with a bubbling fountain, a favorite of the many feathered friends that call the yard home. He has a neat vegetable garden tucked away into a back corner.

• Garden 8 by Judy Holten at 301 1st St. NE in Spring Grove showcases a whimsical cottage garden and is a reflection on the memories of the people in Judy's life. Many of the plants in the garden came from friends or the woman who started this garden before Judy became its caregiver.

• Garden 9 by Shannon and Bruce Schuttemeier, 20736 County Road 4 right outside of Spring Grove echoes some of her mother's (Sue Meyer) love of perennials. She features a wide variety of heucheras in her garden, has hundreds of perennials, a large vegetable garden and very unique container gardens.

• Garden 10 features the hardwork of Karen Kragness, 18475 County 4, Spring Grove - As gardens are wont to change, so does Karen's country garden. Karen recently put in a perennial garden, which stretches the expanse of her country home.

A Japanese larch is a featured specimen tree, and you will want to check out her delightful potting shed.

Don't let the small inconvenience of a little detour around Spring Grove deter you from attending this beautiful tour of lovely gardens in the area!

For more information contact the gallery at (507) 498-ARTS.