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Minot Symphony Secret Garden Tour set for Aug. 12

Submitted Photo This water feature is located at Pointe of View Winery.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will host its 26th annual Secret Garden Tour and Vendor Store on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This annual open house-style event features six gardens in the Minot area.

Participants, with ticket in hand, can travel on their own to the featured gardens and spend time enjoying a variety of fruit trees and bushes, perennial and annual flower beds, vegetable gardens, yard art, and much more.

The ticket includes the addresses, brief description and a map to each garden. Musicians from the Minot Symphony Orchestra will be at various gardens providing music for everyones enjoyment.

This years’ event features the beautiful double lot orchard of Rob Thomas and Eric Johnson with over 70 fruit trees, 100 fruiting bushes and so much more. Participants can enjoy Don Lee’s serene yard filled with roses, daisies, lillies and more. They can take a stroll through “Garden Grace” by Deborah Dyste where ‘Cottage-garden-joy meets Zen tranquility,’ and explore many textures and colors of Mother Nature. They can learn about Indigenous planting traditions of the Arikara and Mandan tribes at Minot State University’s Red & Green Garden. The vineyard at Pointe of View Winery has numerous grape vines, trails to explore, and wine samples for those at least 21 years of age. The North Dakota Master Gardeners Pollinator Garden features perennial and annual plants with water and refuge shelters for the pollinators with master gardeners available to answer questions.

Submitted Photo These photos are from the yard of Rob Thomas and Eric Johnson.

The vendor store showcases some of Minot’s talented artists with handmade art, wearables and decor. Participants can also shop some of their favorite home-based businesses.

“We all need a break and this is the perfect opportunity to take time to stop and smell the roses while supporting the symphony. Spend a couple of hours listening to live music while enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature and shop at the vendor store featuring local artists and vendors,” said executive director Ellen Fenner.

Tickets are available for $15 (cash or check) at Lowe’s Garden Center, 1604 4th Ave. NE, Visit Minot, 1020 S. Broadway (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), and the Flower House and Garden Center, 9243 38th Ave. NW, Mohall. Tickets will be available the evening of the tour for $20 at each garden. Children under the age of 12 are free. The event will go on rain or shine.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the programming of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, a university and community orchestra that aims to enrich lives by providing opportunities for musicians and inspiration to patrons through education and the performance of diverse orchestral repertoire. The orchestra is a unique blend of student, community and professional musicians that has been performing in the Magic City for more than 90 years.

For more information, contact the Minot Symphony office at 858-4228 or find it on Facebook at Minot Symphony Orchestra.

Submitted Photo These photos are from the yard of Rob Thomas and Eric Johnson.

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