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7 private ‘Edens’ on display Saturday
The cozy seating area surrounded by floral plants and statuaries made by Ken Cooper with the giant sundial he made with local materials as the main focus can be seen on this year’s tour. - photo by ROSE ALABNO RISSO/The Bulletin
The Manteca Garden Club is once again presenting its annual Mother’s Day weekend treat — a tour of the area’s best private Edens.
The seven featured this year run the gamut. Club president Paula Elias said these are “unique and interesting gardens. . . , from a pirate-themed pool yard, an Italian garden, an owner-constructed sun dial, a lovely garden by a lake, a cottage-style garden, to even an in-ground trampoline.
Visitors “will spend a lovely time touring these gardens” while helping the club’s many community beautification such as the recent library lndscape, Arbor Day planting and school gardens, and scholarship projects at the same time, Elias said.
She also thanked the homeowners who have generously opened their gardens for this annual event. “A huge thank you to the homeowners. Without them and their support for the community, we would not have this opportunity.”
As in previous garden tours, the event will end with an opportunity drawing at the last house with a wide variety of prizes donated by local businesses going to the lucky winners. The door prize this year is the artwork of Weston Ranch High School student, Alex Cazares, a drawing, which won this year’s student art competition sponsored by the club.
Tour tickets are $20 each which will include a brochure containing information about each of the featured gardens, plus a map of the seven home locations.
Tickets are available at the following businesses until the day of the tour Saturday, May 12:
uRainforest Nursery — 1982 W. Yosemite Ave, Manteca.
uTipton’s Stationery & Gifts — 169 W. Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca.
uGerman Glas Werks — 109 E. Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca.
uDelicato Family Vineyards — 12001 Hwy 99 Frontage Road (west side of the freeway).
uSadie’s Salon — 508 E. Yosemite Avenue, Manteca.
uNew York Diamonds — Located in the Mission Ridge (Walmart Shopping Center) 1167 S. Main Street, Manteca.
uEd’s Rockery — 6000 E. Lathrop Road, Manteca.
uManteca Senior Center — 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca.

uTickets will be available also on the day of the tour at 4192 Volpaia Place, one of the gardens featured this year. The home is located at the former Manteca Waterslides location off Woodward Avenue.