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Manteca Garden Tour taking place on Saturday, May 18
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 The Manteca Garden Club’s popular garden tour is back.

After a one-year hiatus, the event is back to the usual schedule it has had in the past decades – the Saturday on Mother’s Day weekend. That date this year is Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The garden tour, for many years, has been a popular Mother’s Day treat with three-generation families – from grandmothers down to their grandchildren – enjoying the tour together.
About half a dozen local gardens will be featured this year, said Garden Club president Sandi Larson. Tickets, at $15 each, will be on sale starting April 1. They will be available at the following outlets:

•New Buds Nursery, 23563 South Manteca Road, Manteca, (209) 824-7403)
•German Glas Werks, 109 East Yosemite Ave., (corner Main Streeet) Manteca, (209) 825-4527)
•Park Greenhouse, 12813 West Ripon Road, Ripon, (209) 599-7545)
•Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1422 Grove Avenue, at the Promenade Shops, (209) 823-7229 (near Kerasotes Theater).

Tickets also will be available from garden club members.

Garden tour committee members this year are former club president and garden tour chairman Joan Collins, Gail Foster and Eric Teberg. A landscaping artist, Teberg’s home and garden in the Magna Terra area of Manteca, has been featured in previous years’ garden tours.

The memorial rose garden in front of the Manteca Senior Center at Cherry Lane was established by the club and  is regularly maintained by club members who do the pruning and cleaning on a regular basis.

If you’ve admired the colorful daffodils along the Tidewater Bikepath at Center Street and Yosemite Avenue, as well as in front of City Hall on Center Street, you can thank the garden club for that. The nonprofit group is also responsible for many of the trees providing shade and adding to the colorful landscape of autumn at various parks in the city including Woodward Park, Northgate Park, Morenzone Park south of the tennis courts at the Manteca Golf Course on Union Road, and in front of the Manteca Public Library on West Center Street.
The club meets every third Monday of the month starting at noon in the John McFall Conference Room of the Manteca Public Library, 320 Center Street in downtown Manteca. It is open to anyone interested in becoming a member of the club.

For further details about the upcoming garden tour, the club or the regular meetings,  call Sandi Larson at (209) 825-6700.