The Colfax Garden Club Garden and Art Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in historic areas from lower Colfax to Applegate.
Altogether there are six gardens featured this year, including a small meticulous garden, a spreading park-like estate, a hunting lodge and garden built in 1919 and a former pheasant farm developed into gardens and a lavender farm.
“We really found some wonderful places. I didn’t know they were there,” said co-organizer Jewell DeLapp.
DeLapp said she believes this is the first time a garden tour has included the small town of Applegate, an opportunity she was excited to offer the community — including the hunting lodge from 1919, which DeLapp and fellow event organizer Zee Baird discovered after its owner answered a notice they placed at the Weimar Country Store.
DeLapp and Baird found two of the gardens by simply driving around the community in search of beautiful areas and were referred to the other three.
“It was an interesting adventure,” DeLapp said.
All the gardens are in the same area, making access to all six in a day easy to accomplish.
Proceeds from the annual tour support 30 different community projects in and around Colfax, including scholarships, litter patrol along a stretch of highway and the Colfax Elementary School garden.
DeLapp said the school doesn’t have to put any money in to the garden project because the Colfax Garden Club funds the entire thing. Currently it is raising money for a greenhouse.
During Saturday’s tour, artists will display their crafts at the gardens and have items for sale.
Advanced tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at Weiss Brothers Nursery and Hills Flat Nursery in Grass Valley and at Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City. They are also available in stores in Colfax, Auburn, Weimar and Applegate.
Day-of tickets are $18 per person and children 12 and under are free. They are available at stores and at Gardens No. 1 and 3.
For information about the tour or where to purchase tickets, contact Zee Baird at 530-389-7065 or Jewell DeLapp at 530-346-8149.
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