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BIG POND, BIG TOUR: Secret Garden Tour kicks off July 19 in Duluth

This Duluth garden will be featured on this year’s Secret Garden Tour on July 19. Photo by Tom Kasper.

The 19th annual Secret Garden Tour kicks off July 19 in Duluth, and this year’s event will feature seven gardens, one of which includes a 2 million-gallon pond.

“It’s a big pond,” said Tom Kasper, president of Duluth Garden Flower Society.

“They’ve got landscaping around it, they’ve got a waterfall,” he said. And one added bonus: “It can heat and cool his house.

“It’s a landscape feature that serves a purpose for his home,” Kasper said of the pond’s owner.

Big pond aside, this year’s event will showcase a variety of vegetable, alpine, water and country gardens, and a couple with greenhouses. “One of the gardens has a large variety of hosta,” which is a shade-loving perennial, Kasper said.

The event is rain-or-shine, and Kasper said that in the past 18 years, they’ve always had beautiful weather the day of the tour.

Tickets are on sale now. Bus tour tickets are $37, which includes lunch. This year, the bus will stop in a park for a catered meal by The Exchange Deli. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $18, which includes a map of the garden hot spots. For more info, visit

The event runs from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 19. To purchase a ticket, send a check with a self-addressed stamped envelope to DGFS — Secret Garden Tour, 130 W. Superior St., Suite 550, Duluth MN 55802. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.

This event is a fundraiser for the Duluth Garden Flower Society, which uses the money for public beautification efforts, Kasper said.

Melinda Lavine

Lavine is a features reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Reach her at or (218) 723-5346.

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