The RiverView Health Auxiliary begins hosting a brand new annual event, starting Thursday, July 28, with a tour of the gardens by auxiliary members Terri Noah, Lynn Willhite, Nan Widseth and Kitty Barstad. A similar event to their Tour of Homes event that they hold during the holiday season, but this time, instead of houses, people will be able to see large and beautiful gardens.

The event will begin Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minakwa Golf Course, with The Bus providing transportation from the golf course to the auxiliary members’ homes with gardens. Participants will receive refreshments and snacks prepared by committee members as they visit each garden. “Tickets are $25 each, and that includes transportation, appetizers, and refreshments at each stop, and most importantly; the beauty of nature and the hard work of these gardens is simply amazing,” said Carrie Bergquist, RiverView Community Relations and Events Specialist. “I would love to have a tenth of their talent, and it gives them the opportunity to show off their hard work, so it’s a win-win for everyone.” Each stop on the garden tour will last approximately 25 minutes, allowing them to wander around the garden and enjoy refreshments. However, since this is a new event, the Auxiliary is limiting the number of people they take to forty and there are about fifteen tickets remaining. Tickets can be purchased at State Farm Andy Oman, Noah Insurance Service and the RiverView Health Limited Addition gift shop. RiverView accepts checks made payable to RiverView Auxiliary to pay for tickets.

The tour will also offer door prizes at the end of the event which will be raffled off for all attendees at the end of the tour. “One of these we have is on the RiverView Auxiliary Facebook page. It’s a $200 copper weather vane, it’s very tall, taller than Nancy Capistran, who is pictured with It’s more of a decorative thing to put in your garden. It’s beautiful. It lights up and spins, which is pretty awesome,” Bergquist explained. “We’ll have another prize on top of that. we’ll have Dawn at D&D’s Thomforde Garden Center who will be donating a few items from her stores as well, I think we’ll have between four and five really nice prizes in store, and all of them will be given away at the end of the tour, and all those who buy a ticket are entered to win them.” In addition to door prizes and refreshments, the attendant will distribute water to attendees at all stops as well as a lemon drink, but Bergquist says if anyone want to bring their own refreshments, they are more than welcome to do so.

This will be the first Garden Tour event the Auxiliary has run, and they hope to continue to grow it each year by allowing more participants to join and making longer stops in each garden. Bergquist also says the gardens are a fantastic sight to behold, even for those uninterested in gardening. “These particular gardens that we will be visiting next Thursday, I have visited one, and I can tell you it is something you would see in a Home and Garden magazine. It’s extravagant. There is no weed in sight. These gardens are amazing, and amazing doesn’t even do it justice. It’s a hobby for some people, and for some, they tend to their garden like a baby, and they’re just very extravagant. She also says the event is very unique from other Crookston events, which helps get people outdoors and interacting with friends, food and nature.

The Garden Tour will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from the Minakwa Golf Course. Transport to each garden stop on the tour will be provided by THE Bus, with door prizes awarded at the end of the tour. Tickets are still available for $25 each at the RiverView Health Limited Addition gift shop located inside RiverView Health, State Farm Andy Oman and Noah Insurance Service. Seats are limited, so get your tickets as soon as possible. A photo of one of the door prizes that will be awarded.

Joseph K. Bennett