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Northstar gardens showcased in 19th annual tour

Kelly Ruane
Sierra Sun
Ryan Salm/Sierra SunEmily Hatch, left, of the Lake of the Sky Garden Tour and Carol Merjil discuss flowers at a property near Northstar on Friday. The garden will be one of 10 featured in the annual Garden Tour on July 28.
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The Lake of the Sky Garden Club will host its 19th annual tour of local gardens later this month, featuring the efforts of homeowners in a Northstar neighborhood.

The Big Springs at Northstar Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Ten Big Springs residents will showcase their personal gardens that include a wide range of landscaping styles.

“There’s some really fabulous houses. All the gardens are fairly new, only 2- or 3-years-old,” said President Emily Hatch of the Lake of the Sky Garden Club.

Nine of the 10 residents showing their gardens are second homeowners in the area, mostly hailing from the Bay Area.

Hatch said she was confident that even people who are not into landscaping would enjoy the gardens.

“It’s not a house tour,” said Hatch, “but the gardens themselves. They’re very pretty with a lot of water features.”

Some interesting features to watch for on the tour include a meditation garden, a sluice-like water fountain, tree carvings, native vegetation selections and a roof-top garden.

This year, Northstar will provide three buses to transport tour participants from garden to garden. In years past, attendees had to drive themselves to each location.

When the Lake of the Sky Garden Club is not hosting its annual garden tour, its members meet monthly from March through October to discuss garden-related issues.

“Our purpose is education,” said Hatch. “We have really good speakers telling us about different things going on in the area ” like how to do High Sierra gardening.”

Proceeds from the garden tour will go for student scholarships, community education, environmental projects and local beautification projects, including the support of the Forest Service’s Penny Pines reforestation program.

“The money we get from the garden tour, we give to the community that the tour is held in,” said Hatch.

Tickets are available at local nurseries in Truckee, Incline and North Lake Tahoe areas for $20.