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Dig it! Gardens showcased on Meeker County tour

Erica Dischino / Tribune Tour participants walk through the Floren garden on Willis Street in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. The Florens plant vegetables among the flowers in their garden. 1 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Tour-goers chat in the garden at the Dassel Historical Society in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master Gardener garden tour. 2 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Connie Johnson and her mother, Helen Murphy, walk through the Christianson garden off Parker Avenue in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master garden tour. 3 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune A flower is in full bloom Tuesday at the Christianson garden off Parker Avenue in Dassel during the Meeker County garden tour. 4 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Tour participants walk through the Floren garden on Willis Street in Dassel during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. 5 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Linda Carlson, left, and Barb Ruzicka look at flowers Tuesday at the Floren garden on Willis Street in Dassel during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. 6 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune A flower is in full bloom at the Dassel Historical Society in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. 7 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Gardener Jewel Christianson smiles while speaking with tour-goers at her garden off Parker Avenue in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. 8 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Connie Johnson, left, and her mother, Helen Murphy, look over the Christianson garden off Parker Avenue in Dassel Tuesday during the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. 9 / 9

DASSEL — Gardens of all shapes and sizes were manicured to perfection Tuesday for the Meeker County Master Gardeners Garden Tour. Six gardens in the Dassel area were on display. From vegetables to flowers to trees, each garden had its own atmosphere thanks to the gardeners' creativity and property space.

Gardener Jewel Christianson, whose garden was one of the six places to view, said that it is fun to participate in events like this. Christianson's garden has both flowers and vegetables, but she said flowers are her favorite.

"I love being able to enjoy my garden with others," Christianson said. "I really like planting flowers and tending to the garden, but it's been getting harder as I get older."

Viewers from around the region came to see the gardening expertise. Diana Korpela, one of the tour participants, said she had never seen many of the species of flowers before.

"The way things are laid out and the types of flowers planted are so interesting. I've never seen most of them before," Korpela said about Christianson's garden.

The tour was organized with the help of the University of Minnesota Extension office. A meal was provided at the Dassel Historical Society before participants could head over to view the gardens. Proceeds from the tour will be divided between the Toucan Do Better Relay For Life team and the Flowers of Mercy. Meal proceeds go toward the Discover Dassel Planter Project.

Erica Dischino

Erica Dischino is the photographer for the West Central Tribune. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she graduated from Ithaca College in central New York with a bachelors in Journalism and Photography. Follow her on Instagram.

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