BROWN DEER - Brown Deer's first-ever garden tour will allow patrons to explore six diverse outdoor environments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

The Brown Deer in Bloom event, organized by the Brown Deer Junior Woman’s Club and the Brown Deer Beautification Committee, will showcase some of the finest examples from 14 years of the Brown Deer in Bloom Beautification Awards program.

The self-guided tour will consist of five award-winning and regionally recognized residential gardens within the Village of Brown Deer, in addition to the Lynden Sculpture Garden in River Hills.

“We are very lucky to include the Lynden Sculpture Garden as a part of our tour," said Julie Cook Quirk, chair of the Brown Deer Beautification Committee. "This lovely place is a part of our greater community, and we’re delighted to offer an opportunity to explore it as part of the tour ticket price.”

The tour will show a variety of garden styles and techniques, including shady and heavily wooded; the artful use of conifers with beautiful underplanting; recycling and mulching methods; outdoor living spaces; use of whimsy and garden sculpture; and lots of colorful perennials, annuals and mature planting beds.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers the chance to explore a youth pollinator garden which attracts butterflies and bees, a bonsai garden, and more.

In addition to its variety, what makes this garden tour different from others in outlying communities is its accessibility, Quirk said. The homeowners at each tour stop will be available to answer guests’ questions during the tour.

“The residential gardens on the tour have been designed, planted and maintained by the homeowners, not by professional landscapers,” Quirk said. “Each one is a gorgeous labor of many years of love, and the homeowners themselves have accomplished it. You can see what they’ve done and take their ideas home with you for inspiration.”

Held rain or shine, the Brown Deer in Bloom event starts at the registration tent in front of the North Shore Fire Department, 4401 W. River Lane. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a variety of gardening items in front of the fire department.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 at browndeerjuniorwomansclub.com or for $10 the day of the event. All proceeds will support local schools, area beautification projects and public landscaping efforts.

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