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Ripon Garden Stroll takes place Sept. 11
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RIPON – Gardens belonging to two landscaping businesses and the owners of McManis Winery in Ripon are among the half-dozen attractions featured in the annual September Garden Stroll sponsored by the Ripon Garden Club.

The complete list of the gardens to be featured will be in the brochure that will be given when one purchases a ticket.

The event, which is now in its 13th year, will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission tickets are $18 each for adults, $8 for children age 12 and under. No children’s strollers will be allowed. Tickets will be available for purchase starting August 1. They will be available at the following locations:

In Ripon – Parks Greenhouse Nursery, Schemper’s Ace Hardware, and Barbouri Salon.

In Manteca – New Buds Nursery

In Modesto – Scenic Nursery

In Escalon – Creative Water Gardens and P & L Garden Supply

In Riverbank – Morris Nursery.

The Ripon Garden Club’s garden tour is unique in that, unlike most garden tours which are held in spring including the annual event sponsored by the Manteca Garden Club, the one held in the almond capital of the world takes place in the summer – or at the tail-end of summer – when the valley is still sizzling in triple-digit temperatures that are not so conducive for most plants to thrive.

The club took the risk 13 years ago and never looked back. Their reason for skipping spring for their biggest annual fund-raiser was to get out of the garden-tour rat race. Their gamble paid off big time. One year they hosted the tour, the demand for tickets was so great they had to order more.

Organized in 1954, which makes it about as old as Manteca’s garden club, the Ripon Garden Club was incorporated in 1960. It is also a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (Pacific Region), the California Garden Clubs, Inc., the Valley Lode District, and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

Among its community projects are the raised planters at Bethany Home for residents to enjoy, as well as scholarship awards to deserving students.