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Celina Garden Tour offers glimpses of local homes, yards

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The 2019 Celina Garden Tour, an exclusive showcase of eight private-home gardens and area wineries, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

This self-guided tour, hosted by the Celina Garden Club, will be presented rain or shine.

“Our tour homes are full of gardening glory,” said Celina Garden Club President Lynn Balint, whose own home is among them. The five-acre property boasts an array of native Texas plants and fruit trees.

For the first time in Celina Garden Tour history attendees will be able to view a home in Light Farms both inside and out and learn how creating outdoor space can expand the indoor living area.

In another tour first, a Prosper home is featured among the venues.

A vast garden is the centerpiece of a suburban homestead nestled near Celina’s northern border. A plethora of herbs, perennial and annual vegetables thrive here. On tour day, children’s planting activities and chef demonstrations are scheduled.

At another home, located in one of Celina’s most exclusive neighborhoods, raised garden beds dot the yard of the Mediterranean style-inspired abode.  

“Our tour is special because of the families that humbly and graciously open their gates to give tourgoers a glimpse of their creative-gardening genius,” said 2019 Celina Garden Tour Chairperson Melissa Green.

Returning to the tour is Caudalie Crest Farm & Vineyard, where English-style gardens bloom with salvias, roses and irises. Its 10 acres are inhabited by 600 Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines, Dwarf Nigerian dairy goats and beehives from which honey-extraction demonstrations are scheduled during the tour.

Also back is family owned-and-operated Eden Hill Winery. The organic operation relies entirely on rainwater and sustainable farming methods to yield the red and white grapes it uses to produce its award-winning wines.

Meanwhile, at a private micro-vineyard in Celina, tour attendees can enjoy complimentary tastings of the wines produced onsite. The stunning display of flowers and plants at this oasis-like property were carefully selected to nourish and support honeybees.

An assortment of handcrafted foods, beverages and products will be available for purchase at several of the Celina Garden Tour venues, including homemade pies and preserves, home décor, antiques and other items. Food trucks will also be onsite.

Advance tickets for the 2019 Celina Garden Tour are $20 and are available now at celinagardenclub.org, for pickup starting at 8 a.m. on tour day in Celina’s historic downtown square, near Walnut and Ohio Streets. Same-day tickets may also be purchased there for $25.

Tickets are also on sale now at four area retailers: Annie Jack, 222 W. Walnut St., Celina; D&L Farm and Home, 811 N. Louisiana Drive, Celina; Texas Seasons Nursery, 807 N. Preston Road, Celina; and Cristina’s Stone & Garden Center, 14400 Preston Road, Frisco.

Founded in 1945, the Celina Garden Club strives to educate and stimulate knowledge, share resources and experiences, and enjoy fellowship with other gardeners. Earlier this month, the club awarded $4,000 in scholarships to a pair of graduating Celina High School students.

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