The Manteca Garden Club has released the six home gardens that will be featured in the annual Garden Tour in May. Three of the six are private Edens belonging to members of the club.
The event, the club’s only major fund-raiser during the year, will be held Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For the first time, the tour brochures, banners and billboard announcements will show an original watercolor art. The painting was the winner in a competition, held for this purpose, that was made open to all members of the Manteca Artists Guild. The artist who submitted the winning painting is former guild president and award-winning artist Jean Ramey.
Ramey’s winning watercolor will be one of the prizes offered at a raffle drawing that will take place at the end of the tour in the last featured garden.
Tour tickets still cost $15 per person. They are sold at the following locations in Manteca, Escalon and Ripon:
• Delicato Vineyards, 12002 S. Highway 99 in Manteca
• Ed’s Rockery, 6000 E. Lathrop Road
• German Glas Werks, 109 E. Yosemite in downtown Manteca
• Manteca Visitors Center, promenade Shops at Orchard Valley
• New Buds Nursery, 23563 S. Manteca Road.
• P&L Concrete Products, 1900 Roosevelt Avenue in Escalon.
• Park Greenhouse and Nursery, 12813 W. Ripon Road in Ripon.
• Silverado Nursery, 460 South Stockton Avenue, Ripon
• Rainforest Nursery, 1982 W. Yosemite Avenue in Manteca.
It was also announced that as part of the celebration of this year’s Arbor Day, Manteca Garden Club members will be taking part in a tree-planting ceremony that will dedicated to the memory of longtime club member and former president Joan Collins who passed away late last eyar.