Carol O'Meara - Colorado State University Extension

Carol O’Meara – Colorado State University Extension

With all of the snow and rain, gardens are primed to give us some color.  Mark your calendars and make time to peek behind walls and fences for ideas for your yard at local garden tours offering inspiring strolls through some of our showcase gardens.

Festival of Flowers – Longmont
Longmont Symphony Orchestra Guild’s 39th Annual Festival of Flowers Garden Tour takes visitors through four outstanding gardens, Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support the orchestra while enjoying the blooms. Tickets are available at The Flower Bin in Longmont or online at

Old Town Lafayette Garden Tour – Lafayette

Old Town Lafayette Garden Tour features gardens in beautiful Old Town Lafayette, Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This 6th annual tour helps fund grants that Lafayette Old Town Association gives to Old Town homeowners to beautify and improve their landscapes.  Tickets are $8, $10 day of event; and are available at Lafayette Florist in Lafayette. For more information, visit

Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show – Loveland

Loveland Youth Gardeners is hosting its 13th Annual Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show on Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This event features six local gardens, demonstrating the beauty and benefits of sustainable gardening. The gardens are located in the Northeast neighborhoods.

Each garden will include a special display of art for the garden that can be purchased and a silent auction of garden totem poles for outdoor living spaces, created by local and regional artists.

Loveland Youth Gardeners’ students will also be present to talk about their programs and to sell Loveland Youth Gardeners Almanacs and other merchandise they have created.

Tickets are $15 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online until June 18 at or can be purchased in Loveland at: Cloz to Home, Earle’s Loveland Floral & Gifts, Gateway Garden & Home Center, Loveland Garden Center, and Rowe’s Flowers.  In Fort Collins find tickets at: Bath Garden Center and Nursery, Fort Collins Nursery, or Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center; in Longmont at the The Flower Bin or in Windsor at The Windsor Gardener.

Proceeds from this event benefit Loveland Youth Gardeners, a local non-profit organization, which provides educational programs for youth ages 5 to 21 and fresh produce for low-income residents in our community. For further information about the Garden Tour or our programs, please visit

Terrace and Garden Tour – Fort Collins

The Junior League of Fort Collins is sponsoring their 34th Annual Terrace and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. As their major fundraiser of the year, the inspiring garden tour supports programs such as the Junior League Career Closet, Lincoln Center Children’s Imagination Series, PSD Snack Program, and Done-In-A-Day Projects.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on-line at

Colorado State University Extension, together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, or visit the web site at