Garden tour set for Thursday

MARQUETTE – Interested parties will have an opportunity Thursday to sneak a peek at some of Marquette’s more impressive private gardens.

The Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee’s 20th annual garden tour, which runs from 1 to 7 p.m., will include seven private flower gardens.

“It’s just amazing to me the treasures that are in people’s backyards,” said Phyllis James, the chair of the MBRC’s tour committee. “I’m just amazed at what the people do in this city to beautify their own homes.”

The self-guided tour, James said, is simply an opportunity for locals to see what fellow community members have done to improve the appearance of their property.

“It’s just a self-directed tour. You do it yourself,” she said. “You go to whichever of the sites you want and you start there and you go any way you want to go through it.”

The tour will focus on flower gardens, but James said vegetable gardens are common sites, as well. The Father Marquette Statue is also included as a historic tour stop.

Tickets for the tour are $10 and can be purchased in town at local florists – including Flower Works, Lutey’s and Meister’s – as well as at The Landmark Inn and at the individual sites on the day of the tour.

James said the event marks the largest fundraiser of the year for the MBRC and helps to fund the group’s largest project, Petunia Pandemonium.

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Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.