Garden Tour 2008 is Saturday |

Garden Tour 2008 is Saturday

Summit Daily/Mark FoxPat Steiner is pictured at her house in Breckenridge. Steiners garden will be one of the stops along the Summit County Garden Club Tour on Saturday.

BRECKENRIDGE The Summit County Garden Club will host its 18th annual tour of private gardens in Summit County on Saturday. The event is always held on the last Saturday of July, when high country gardens are at their peak of blooming.For the second year the club held a competition for its advertising posters, which are placed in businesses and public buildings around the county before the 4th of July. This years winner was Marketa Jonas-Hagy, a Summit County real estate agent. Jonas-Hagy, who also works in jewelry and pottery, said as she gets closer to retirement, she hopes to focus more on her art. This was the first art competition she entered.The original artwork for the poster will be sold at silent auction during registration on the day of the tour. Signed copies of the poster will be available at registration for $15, and will include a coupon for framing from Affordable Art and Framing in Silverthorne.The Summit County Garden Club uses the profits from the tour to create and enhance garden spaces around the county. Their work includes the formation and maintenance of the garden in front of the Summit County Community and Senior Center and in front of the chapel at the hospital. In the past three years, the club has focused its efforts on the Breckenridge Alpine Garden in collaboration with the Colorado State University Extension. The club reports to the university on the plants and their success at high altitude. Garden Club meetings are informational about high altitude gardening or excursions to see other gardens. Registration for the Garden Tour 2008 will be Saturday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served.Call (970) 453-3492 for more information.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

What and where: Visit high country gardens in Breckenridge. When and where: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

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