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Jun 19

Minnehaha Master Gardeners 2019 Annual Garden Tour

Wednesday, June 19

SDSU Extension and the Minnehaha Master Gardeners will be hosting an annual garden tour on June 19 starting at 2 PM CDT at various gardens located in or near Western Sioux Falls and Hartford.

SDSU Extension Master Gardeners will be on location to share their knowledge at six beautiful gardens located in or near Western Sioux Falls and Hartford.

Tour descriptions

Sue Nipe’s Garden

  • This prairie cottage garden is filled with native drought tolerant perennials and accented with a picket fence, flagstone pathways, a pergola covered with Virginia Creeper and hops. It includes herbs, bushes, trees, vegetables and fruits and a rain barrel, a compost pile, a solar pond and fountains, along with hanging baskets and pots of annuals. 

Guy Straley’s Garden

  • Front: The plan is to give you the impression you have come across a waterfall and creek in a natural setting, perhaps a little hollow, occupied by fairies.  The ground cover is white clover; hopefully it will be in full bloom.
  • Back: If there were such a style as “Prairie Zen”, this would be it.  Stone statuary and ornamental grasses all make for a setting just right for chilling out, and watching fireflies.

Troy Grovenburg, Herds to Hops Hop Farm 

  • A family farm growing corn, soybeans, hay, and alfalfa and raising cattle. Our first hop field was planted in 2017 as a family business. There are 4000 hop plants and 16 large raised bed gardens and a chicken coop.

Raymond and May Schaefer’s Garden

  • This garden location consists of multiple raised beds, all different, united together with walkways and paths. The National Butterfly Association has approved this location as a Monarch Way Station because of the number of different plants and flowers that help the Monarchs and the other butterflies as they migrate. There is also a 10-acre native prairie that has Forbes, wild flowers, big blue grass, little bluestem grass, Indian grass and many other varieties for wildlife. 

Wade & Susan Hovland’s Garden

  • This vineyard started out as a hobby about 12 years ago with a mere 200 grape vines.  The grapes are sold to Schade Vineyards in Volga. Besides grapes you may see some chickens running around when you visit.

LaVonne & Tony Randall’s Garden 

  • A Contemporary Creekside Garden Home, with an abundance of birds, owls, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, turtles, geese & fish. Urn planters, a Pantry Pump, repurposed tree stumps with colorful display of annuals, perennials, trailing ivy, vegetables and herbs and many more fun and attractive plants greet visitors to this garden


Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 18. For questions or special assistance, contact Ann Larson by email or at 605.321.4417.

Payment Options: Select the Order Now button to pay with a credit card. If you wish to pay by cash or check a limited number of tickets will be available at Lewis Drug on 41st and Marion on the day of the event June 19, 1-4pm. (Note: No other Lewis Drug locations offer tickets). Checks should be made payable to SDSU Extension.  Online registration is recommended. 

Once you have paid, you will be provided with garden addresses/locations and a ticket. If you purchase your ticket online (recommended) the addresses and ticket will come in the form of an email. If you purchase your ticket at Lewis Drug on the day of the event, you will receive a paper copy of the addresses and ticket. 

RAIN DATE: Last year’s garden tour was cancelled due to inclement weather, but some of last year’s garden locations have agreed to be part of this year’s tour so there’s a second chance to visit these lovely locations! Should inclement weather occur this year, the planned rain date is Thursday, June 20th 2pm – 7pm. If this year’s event is rescheduled/cancelled due to inclement weather, a message will be posted on the Minnehaha Master Gardener web page and/or facebook page: Minnehaha Master Gardeners.

No refunds will be provided for this event.