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Wexford Garden and Pond Tour back in bloom with 11 inspiring sites

After a two-year hiatus, the Wexford Garden and Pond Tour is blooming again.

Discover the rich landscapes created at 11 outstanding properties during self-guided tours on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A bonus night tour of three select properties will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on July 11.

A percentage of the proceeds will support clean water projects in Uganda and a girls’ school and skill center in Pakistan.

“This tour is a fabulous way to spend a day outside enjoying some lovely properties that you’d never get to see any other way,” said producer Debra Dion Krischke, the founder of Inspired Women Paying it Forward, a faith-based non-profit organization.

Highlights of the tour include raised bed veggie gardens, bronze sculptures, bridges, fairy houses, waterfalls with ponds and lush cultivated gardens.

The tour ranges from do-it-yourself ponds and gardens to multimillion-dollar estate gardens tended by professionals.

Krischke said supporting such projects helps the organization live out its mission statement: “From our abundance of water, we will ‘Pay it Forward’ to help others without.”

Krischke said the tour can be more than just a great way to enjoy the artistry of finely cultivated gardens.

“This is a great gift for any garden enthusiast,” she said. “These homeowners are a wealth of knowledge willing to share their best practices. This will be a day well spent and you’ll walk away re-energized and full of ideas.”

Major sponsors of the garden and pond tour are Soergels Landscape and Aquascape, Kozi Media Design, Eichenlaub Outdoor Living and MDL Landscaping.

The starting point for the tours is Graeters Ice Cream shop on Perry Highway in Wexford, where participants can pick up maps between 9:30 and noon on the day of the tour.

All the homes along the tour are within a 15-minute drive of the shop.

For more details about the tour and a link to buy tickets, which cost $36.50, visit WexfordPondTour.com.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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