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Get a sneak peek into the upcoming Summit County Garden Tour

Special to the daily: Megan Costello

Need a little inspiration for your garden this summer? Stop by the Summit County Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 to get Pinterest-like ideas from some of the best looking gardens in the county. This is the 26th annual garden tour put on by the Summit Garden members. This year's tour features seven Breckenridge gardens that grow and flourish between 9,000 and 10,000 feet in elevation. The self-guided tour showcases a collaboration of designs from homeowners to professional gardens created by 70 members of the garden club.

Registration is from 8:30-10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning and will include a continental breakfast of beverages and baked goods made by garden club members. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Garden Center or on Eventbrite and tickets will also be able to be exchanged for self-guided tour books. Registration will also include watercolor paintings created by garden club members. Be sure to arrive early as tickets will not be available to be exchanged after 11 a.m.

Sneak peek of the petals

Jim and Barbara Calvin have participated in the annual garden tour for two years. They have resided at their Tiger Road home for the last nine years.

Each summer, Barbara creates a new garden or expands on a previous year's garden. The Calvins have traveled all over the world and like to incorporate flowers from Switzerland, England, Arvada and Fort Collins into their Breckenridge garden.

Barbara has been gardening from the time she was little until now. She never enjoyed indoor chores, so she chose to work outdoors instead. Most of her garden is perennial, however she has a few annual flowers such as foxglove, violas, orange zinnias and lobelia that she loves to plant seasonally.

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Barabara's favorite garden is at the back of the home, which includes a waterfall pond, statue and dozens of beds of colorful flowers. She also has numerous flower baskets and planters.

Barbara also utilizes fresh herbs to assist her cooking. The herb garden includes everything from oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, parsley, mint, along with edible flowers, which she loves adding to salads to give them more color and beauty.

Meaning among the blossoms

Each piece of the Calvins' garden is symbolic in some way. Columbines are spread throughout because Barbara taught at Columbine High School. Daisies lie in front to pay homage to Barbara's mother's favorite flower. There is also lambs ear — that covered her garden in Switzerland — and day lily, from her gardens in Fort Collins. Barbara has organized her gardens to be English-styled instead of French, which are very formally planted.

Barbara says, "In England, I was able to learn more about English gardens, where the flowers are mixed. You don't need specific flower beds, but instead lead with one kind of flower that weaves a trail from one garden to another."

Another highlight is the garden Barbara has created for her husband Jim. It is a mix of various shades of orange and blue flowers to support the Denver Broncos and also includes a Nike Swoosh symbol. This garden was brought to life last summer and is still being expanded upon, along with Barbara's current initiative of covering her front bank with wildflower growth.

A variety of blooms

Make sure not to miss out on this and many other beautiful gardens featured on this tour. Alpine gardens are not easy, but these gardeners have done amazing things to keep the summer blooming in the mountains.

The self-guided tour consists of seven gardens that are available to view at your own pace. Each garden will have a story and directions to the next stop on the tour. There will also be stops at restaurants along the way for refreshments throughout the day. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes that can handle uneven ground, rock and gravel terrain. Don't forget your camera! This tour is a photographer's dream.

What buds from this event?

The proceeds from this event will fund a scholarship for a Summit High School senior that plans to study plant-related science such as botany, landscaping, environmental science, etc. The scholarship will be given out when the scholarship applicants apply in the following year. Additional funds provide grants to other county and town public gardens.

Summit County Garden Club Annual Tour

Date: Saturday, July 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You must check in by 10:45 a.m. to take the tour

Where: Summit County Community and Senior Center, 0083 Nancy's Place, Frisco

Cost: Tickets purchased in advance, $10, $15 if purchased on tour day

Where to get tickets: Purchase tickets online at

More information: http://www.SummitCountyGardenClub.org