7 CAN’T MISS SPRING GARDEN TOURS IN DFW | 2020 EDITION

March 3, 2020

3/12/20 Update – Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak I would recommend that you checkout each event to make sure they have not been cancelled.

It’s my favorite time of year again, garden tour season! I am always so inspired by all of the talented gardeners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since my first garden tour many years ago, I have been obsessively researching all of the best tours in DFW and across America. I am so grateful for all of the homeowners who open up their gardens and allow the public a behind the scenes look into their magical world.

Below I have organized the best ones in the area and they are in calendar order. Be sure to check their websites for more information and updates before you go, and most all of the tours are rain or shine.

1. Plano Garden Club Garden Tour

When: Saturday, May 2nd 2020 | 10am-5pm
Where: Plano, Texas – Exact locations are released as the date nears
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance if ordered online or $20 if purchased at any of the gardens on the tour.

Seven stunning gardens in Plano are on the tour this year and the designs range from formally manicured, Texas woodlands, container gardens, Texas natives and everything in between. Gardeners will be located throughout each garden to answer attendees’ questions.

At the garden at 4600 Legacy, which is half way through the tour, they will have public restrooms, a water bottle refill station as well as raffles and vendors.

Below I have created a recap using pictures featured in past tours.

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2. Dallas County Master Gardener Garden Tour

When: Saturday, May 2nd 2020 | 10am-4pm
Where: Dallas, Texas – Exact locations are released as the date nears
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance if ordered online or $20 if purchased at the event.

The Master Gardener Spring Tour features seven gardens offering a variety of styles, sizes, plants, and landscape characteristics. Trained Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

The tour focuses on gardening techniques for North Texas, including the use of native plants and Earth-Kind practices. They are encouraging visitors to take pictures and interact with the garden owners to learn more about how each garden took shape and to get ideas, solutions, and information from some of the best gardeners in Dallas County.

Below I have created a recap using pictures featured in past tours.

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3. Colleyville Garden Club Promenade Garden Tour

When: Sunday, May 3rd 2020 | 11am-4pm
Where: Colleyville, Texas – Exact locations are released as the date nears
Cost: Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at local ticket outlets beginning on April 3: Foreman’s and Market Street in Colleyville, Blooming Colors and Marshall Grain in Grapevine, and Calloway’s in Hurst and Southlake. Tickets may also be purchased online at Eventbrite.com.

Six beautiful gardens in Colleyville will be showcased on this nationally recognized tour. With the focus on different types and sizes of gardens, there will be something for everyone. Gardens may be viewed in any order and club members and Master Gardeners will be located throughout each garden to answer attendees’ questions.

The Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive, will be the seventh stop on the tour. The popular Plant Sale will be held there and will feature plants seen on the tour as well as plants from members’ own gardens. Joining it will be the debut of the Spring Garden Market, where guests will have the opportunity to buy creative garden art crafted by club members as well as make unique purchases from a variety of local vendors. In addition, food trucks will be selling beignets, ice cream, shaved ice, and drinks in the parking lot.

Below I have created a recap using pictures featured in past tours.

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4. Denton County Master Gardener Garden  Tour

When: Saturday, May 9th 2020 | 9am-4pm (Rain or Shine)
Where: Denton County – Visit their website for exact addresses
Cost: Early bird tickets are $10 and sold between Feb.19th-March 31st
Regular ticket price of $15 is effective April 1st-May 8th
At-Door tickets will be available on May 9th for $20

This tour features 4 beautiful Denton County Gardens with one of the homes in Pilot Point and 3 in Aubrey, TX. Two of the properties include an optional Nature Walk guided by volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist- Elm Fork Chapter. Vendors of unique garden-related items at one location.

Through self guided tours you will be able to see how each homeowner worked with issues in their yards and how they developed their landscapes and spaces. Camera use is allowed on the tour. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions at each residence. The pictures below are from their website, which features actual gardens to be showcased on the upcoming 2020 tour.

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5. White Rock East Garden Tour

When: Sunday, May 17th 2020 | 10am-5pm (Rain or Shine)
Where: Dallas, Texas – Exact locations are released as the date nears
Cost: Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door

This tour always features the most modern and creative designs. A special bonus is that these neighborhoods are home to many talented artists who will have their unique creations for sale in the gardens. Below I have created a recap using pictures from their 2020 tour featured on their Facebook page.

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6. Hidden Gardens Tour

When: Sunday, May 17th 2020  | 12-6pm (Rain or Shine)
Where: Fort Worth, Texas – Exact locations are released as the date nears.
Tickets: All tickets are $25 each, except for infants in wearable infant carriers. Ticket sales begin April 1st. Visit the website for more info.
Tour Tips:
-Sturdy shoes are recommended.
-Strollers are not permitted beyond the front check-in table.
-Pets are not permitted & no food allowed.
-Photography is limited to the plants only.

This tour is was one of my favorites that I attended last year. It’s hosted by Historic Fort Worth, Inc. in stunning historic neighborhoods. This is their 17th year hosting and this tour will showcase 5 private  gardens in the Westover Hills Neighborhood. Each garden tour will also feature an artist who will be painting live and they will also have art for sale. Checkout various pictures from past tours that I found online.

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7. Meyers Park Tour

When: Saturday, June 2020  | 8am-12pm
Where: The Gardens at Meyers Park
7117 Co Rd 166, McKinney, TX 75071
Tickets: No cost
Tour Tips:
-Pets are not permitted.
-Photography is allowed.

Enjoy a self guided tour through the Meyers Park gardens. These gardens are maintained by the Collin County Master Gardeners and their Master Gardeners will also be available to answer any questions for you. Checkout various pictures from past tours that I found online.

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Another tour that I want to mention, even though it’s not a true garden tour is the North Texas Water Garden Society Pond Tour. The tour is on June 13th & 14th and it is a 2 day self guided tour of 40 of their member ponds all across the Dallas Metroplex. The tour also consists of 14 ponds that are on the enchanted night tour that are open till 11:00 p.m. Instead of tickets they sell a tour book guide for $20 which features the pond listings, descriptions, directions and color pictures. One book per carload will get you access to everything. See the Pond Tour page for more details.

I also wanted to mention that the Southlake & Celina Garden Clubs alternate years, so they won’t be having another garden tour until 2021.

The Annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour is not until the Fall, and that is hosted by the City of Dallas. Please keep an eye out on the blog for more information on that tour later on in the year.

If you know about any other gardens tours for 2020 or 2021 please make sure to share them with me. I want to get the word out so these amazing organizations can have the best turnout possible as they serve as fundraisers.

-Denise



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