As an update to my previous post, I wanted to make sure you are all aware of two more garden tours coming up in July. Garden tours are a wonderful way to find out what grows in your area (and, if you don’t see it in anyone’s garden, maybe what doesn’t!). It’s also a way to expand your gardening aesthetic. Maybe you find the traditional “cottage” garden too messy and crowded for your taste or the minimalist “stone and succulent” approach too cold so, on any given garden tour, you may not like every garden you see. On the other hand, you may find that, by viewing someone else’s idea of beauty, you’ll find new ways to express your own inner garden artist. Even if you don’t see anything you like or find interesting, a garden tour is great exercise both for body and for your map-reading skills (GPS is cheating!).

The Bonner County Gardeners Association will be hosting their 2013 Garden Tour on Sunday, July 7. See the link under Broader Horizons on the lower left for more information. You’ll see six gardens on this tour – two in Sandpoint and three in Sagle and the price is right at $10.00 for the day (children are free).

The Coeur d’Alene Garden Club marks their 16th year of garden tours with the 2013 Garden Delights tour (again, the link is under Broader Horizons on the lower left) of five gardens in the Coeur d’Alene area on Sunday, July 14. Tickets (Advance – $15, Tour Day – $17) are available at a number of local businesses as well as at the gardens themselves on the day of the tour.

So, if you’re wondering what to do in July (besides weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, etc.), you might want to consider a garden tour!