Idyllwild Garden Tour returns

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Idyllwild Garden Club’s ever popular Mountain Garden Tour is back. Visitors will not only discover Idyllwild’s botanical wonderlands, but each garden will have a Plein Air artist painting on site until about 2 p.m.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

The Idyllwild Garden Club is again collaborating with the Art Alliance of Idyllwild at this event. There are four unique gardens, seldom seen by the casual visitor, and the event will culminate at the fifth one, the Village Garden at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum where free refreshments will be served.

This self-guided tour, with docents on site, teaches how mountain gardeners have planted attractive native plants with popular garden varieties for year-round flowering and foliage. Walk through a unique variety of gardens in this cool mountain setting.

These gardens showcase inventive successes in dealing with challenges like drought, hillsides, rocks and shade. Using plants native to mountains and to California are examples of how these Idyllwild gardeners create a small wonderland with year-round color, texture and habitat for birds, butterflies and bees.

Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two; children are free the day of the event at the monument on Village Center Drive and at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum, starting at 9 a.m.

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