Bob Cleverly’s green thumb is one to be envious of as his yard boasts a fantastic assortment of beautiful flower arrangements throughout. Bob and Kathy Cleverly are one of 12 on this year’s Parade of Gardens tour hosted by the Marias Medical Center Auxiliary. The Parade of Gardens is replacing the traditional Parade of Homes fundraiser usually done by the organization to benefit the Heritage Center.

With COVID-19 making life and event planning very unpredictable, Marias Medical Center Auxiliary decided to anticipate changes and create an event that could happen whatever phase Toole County could find itself in. The Parade of Gardens replaces the Parade of Homes for 2020 and will be very similar to the past event. The Parade of Gardens will take place on Sunday, July 19, from 1-4 p.m., boasting 12 gorgeous gardens to tour. 

Tickets are available at Shelby Floral, the Cedar Closet, Ben Taylor, Hardware Hank, the Marias Medical Center Gift Shop, Sunburst Mercantile or from any auxiliary member. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or on the date of the event.

Featured gardens on this year’s tour will be Gwen and Aaron Heaton, Pam and Dan Whitted, Lorette and Tom Carter, Karen and Ron Jensen, Sara and Mike White, Sharon and Jon Dolen, Brenda and Bob Longcake, Kathy and Bob Cleverly, Barb and Gary Mercer, Tressa and Chance Keller, the Community Garden and the Senior Garden. 

At the end of the tour individually wrapped dessert plates will be handed out in the alleyway of the Heritage Center back lawn. To prevent a large gathering, please drive up to pick your dessert of choice. 

Tickets are $10 and the proceeds go towards Heritage Center projects. This unique tour through some of the best gardens around town is not one any garden lover will want to miss! Whether you are looking for new ideas for your own garden, or just enjoy admiring the green thumbs of others, this event is one that is sure to please. 

Help support the Heritage Center and the MMC Auxiliary when you stop and smell the roses–and everything else on this year’s Parade of Gardens!

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