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A stroll through Ripon Gardens

The Ripon Garden Club is once again inviting the public to tour a few of their finest gardens. 

The Ripon Garden Stroll will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and feature six homes located throughout the small San Joaquin County town.

The stroll will present a variety of lush foliage, exotic pottery and patios perfect for entertaining family and friends. Visitors are sure to be inspired by diverse textures and vibrant flowers while admiring the personal touches and stories each gardener has integrated into their yards. From sculpted hedges and glistening pools to greenhouses and tortoise enclosures, this year’s tour provides a beautiful collection of creative gardens.

A silent auction and a chance to win prizes in a drawing will be located at the refreshment station as well. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12; no strollers please. Tour tickets can be purchased in Ripon at Schemper’s Ace Hardware, Parks Greenhouse Nursery and Thompson’s Nursery. In Manteca at RainForest Nursery. In Escalon at P&L Garden Center and Creative Water Gardens. Tickets are also available at the Greenery Nursery & Garden Shop in Turlock. In Riverbank at Morris Nursery and in Modesto at Westurf Nursery.

The Ripon Garden Club was first created in 1954 as a non-profit with the goal of protecting native plants and insects, to encourage civic beauty, and further educate the community about the environment. The club is led by a group of volunteers joined by a love of gardening and dedicated to giving back to the community.

Proceeds from the September Garden Stroll support scholarships provided to graduating high school seniors and community college transfer students in pursuit of an environmental or agricultural focused degree. Funds also support current projects such as Ripon’s downtown flower pots, Garden Therapy, school gardens and education, arbor day activities, Penny Pines, and the Blue Star Memorial. The Ripon Garden Club also works to conserve the dwindling monarch butterfly population by maintaining their butterfly garden in Stouffer Park.

Join the Ripon Garden Club at their monthly meeting every first Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the American Legion Hall, 206 Stockton Ave. in Ripon. Guests may attend for free or become a member for $20/year. Learn more and check them out on Facebook.