Heartland Lakes Garden Stroll holds a rich array of floral tapestry

The 2022 event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Hostas thrive in Kaye Halvorson's garden on Lake Belle Taine, a stop on the 2022 Garden Stroll.
Contributed / Jean Ruzicka
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When summer is displaying its most remarkable floral artistry, we invite you to motor across the prairie and through the forest for a tour of some of the area’s finest gardens.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary, in partnership with the Hubbard County Master Gardeners, is hosting a Garden Stroll of the Heartland Lakes. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Ticket holders are invited to visit several residential gardens, with owners and master gardeners on hand to answer questions. A “passport” and site map will be issued to strollers prior to the event.

Pre-sale ticket holders will be served a gourmet box lunch midday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pavilion 3 at Heartland Park in Park Rapids – then head out for more festive foraging.

The event will be held rain or shine. Ticket price is $25. To reserve tickets, contact St. Joseph’s Volunteer Services at 616-3197 or head to the hospital gift shop. Cash, check or credit and debit cards are accepted. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, July 8 to guarantee lunch but may be purchased up to the day of the event.


The seasoned horticulturalists who will be introducing their gardens include:

Larry Cwiak’s gardens were created along the Fish Hook River after migrating from California. He views Minnesota’s winters not as an obstacle, but as a time to plan for the season ahead.

Kaye Halvorson tends gardens on a classic site on Lake Belle Taine, her horticultural endeavors expanding as the years go by.

Retirement sent Marilyn Horn into the garden, where a grandiose profusion of color emerges throughout the summer.

Inspired by trips to view European and Disney World gardens, bountiful bouquets of Asiatic lilies will greet guests at Dick and Raylene Kimball’s home.

Doug Scraper, a third-generation gardener, considers his emerging veggies as a gift of God. “You plant a little seed in the ground and a miracle happens.”

This week, gardening columnist Don Kinzler fields questions on hibiscus plants, beating apple trees and how long grass seeds will last.

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