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Published July 16, 2011, 05:35 PM

27th Annual Garden Tour Offers Variety In GF

People in Grand Forks are getting unique tours to see gardens of every variety and skill level during the 27th annual Garden Tour.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

People in Grand Forks are getting unique tours to see gardens of every variety and skill level during the 27th annual Garden Tour.

There are six gardens on the tour, including the Myra Museum. People today marveled over the Heitmann's garden in Grand Forks. They found a spectacular masterpiece right in their backyard.

"So its an experimental garden. Its an ongoing learning process," gardener Georgia Heitmann said.

A process that started in 2003 after the Heitmann's built their home just south of Grand Forks. Deiter, Georgia and their daughter Jan know how to mix their business with pleasure.

"But we don't get started until we're done with our business somewhat in June. So I would say from June into October.. But not when it's 90 degrees!" Heitmann said.

The three spend about two hours in their gardens, 4 to 5 nights a week.

"The neat thing about this garden is we have a sampling of every tree that we have or that's already here that we offer for sale. And also, we have a sampling of every shrub that we've ever sold," Heitmann said.

But their at-home gardens are more of a passion and an experiment for these three. And people notice.

"The Heitmann yard, which are the owners of All Seasons Garden Center, have a fabulous yard that takes up a lot, a lot of space. People probably need about an hour to tour that one," Grand Forks Horticultural Society member Debra Hopkins said.

"It's still growing! In fact it's growing so much that it's time to take out more sod and expand the gardens!" Heitmann exclaimed.

The tour continues tomorrow from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the entire tour are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Horticultural Society.

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