Tour of Gardens: 6 stops round out annual Dubuque tour

Dubuque County Master Gardeners’ annual Tour of Gardens will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Six gardens will be featured on the tour, as well as three mini educational workshops.

Tickets are $8 in advance, available at the Iowa State University Extension office until Friday, June 14. Tickets the day of the event are $10, available at any of the tour gardens.

Tours can begin at any garden site, and the event will take place rain or shine.

For more information, call 563-583-6496 or visit

Garden tour stops

Secret City Garden

Zachary Lampe and Jason Norton

Location: 1325 Bluff St.

Blooming Bluff is a secret garden nestled in the middle of downtown Dubuque, situated at the base of a 75-foot. bluff. Guests are greeted by a 100+ year old trumpet vine with coral-orange blooms which float above a stacked limestone wall. Upon entering, you are greeted with perennials, annuals, shrubs and planters that juxtapose the natural beauty of the urban oasis. Mature trees towering over one side provide additional seclusion.

Spirit of Mother Earth

Deborah LaBeau

Location: 1133 Highland Place

Perched high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, this garden is situated in a historic neighborhood of Dubuque. Like its Victorian architecture, the garden reflects Mother Nature at her best.

Westminster Mission Garden

Westminster Community Gardens — Rich Henderson

Location: 2155 University Ave.

The garden provides nutritious vegetables for those that do not have the means to purchase them. Area food pantries share their needs and gardens are planned accordingly. The garden showcases best practices for growing a variety of vegetables, composting, mulching, staking and using trellises to grow vertically. Visitors also can enjoy walking the native and pollinator gardens incorporated into the grounds.

Workshop: Raised Bed Gardening, Rich Henderson, Dubuque County Master Gardener, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Victoria’s Secret Garden

Pam and Burt Goffinet

Location: 1100 Victoria Place

Nestled in the cul-de-sac of Victoria Place is a modest yard with a plethora of color and whimsical charm. Garden beds surround the outside and inside perimeters of the property with a variety of perennials for both shade and sun.

A Magical Mystery Tour

Peggy and Paul Kaune

Location: 3538 Eclipse Circle

You’ll be greeted by the Rose of Sharon and a floral array along the sidewalk of perennials and shrubs. Then, meander through trellises of wandering vines of clematis and honeysuckle. Descend down to a Venus bird bath surrounded with a hexagon of flowers. An Amaranth tree and weeping Norway Spruce will guide you to the scene of nature’s magic and mystery into a woods below with wild flowers and hydrangea. A patio space with two small, three-tiered fountain pools is surrounded by hydrangea and perennials.

Workshop: Cut & Come Again-Dazzling Dahlias, Laura Hodge, Wild Bull Flower Farm, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hilltop View Gardens

Tanya and Todd Vanderlinde, with Lydia and Logan VanderBush

Location: 16421 Herod Lane

Located on two acres, Hilltop View Garden contains seven flower gardens with a variety of perennials, annuals and shrubs. Amidst the mature landscape surrounding the home, patio areas provide a haven for relaxation. Enjoy the many beautiful potted flowers, hanging baskets and water fountain on the patio. Working together, this mother and daughter have created perennial beds that provide color that lasts from spring through autumn.

Workshop: Annual Planting Trends & New Arrivals, Sara Carpenter, Steve’s Ace Home & Garden, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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