Hours of work in the dirt have led to some very unique lawns in the area. Six of those lawns will be featured this year during the Marshalltown Garden Club annual garden tour July 14.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $10 for the entire tour.
"It's been really interesting to see what people can do," Ann Bresler, of the garden club, said. "People really do a good job of putting it all together."
Jean Bower stands in her yard at 512 Eastview Rd., which is one of the six stops on the Marshalltown Garden Club tour July 14.
Many of the homeowners this year offered up their yard after being visitors during past tours.
"We are always looking for special features like water features," Bresler said. "Anything that's kind of unique."
The event will go on rain or shine and visitors can attend the homes in any order they would like. Three of the homes are on the same road - Eastview Road - which allows for visitors to get to all the locations more easily.
This year's locations are: Shari Grace, 1520 W. State St., Yvonne and Larry Goecke, 1608 S. First St., Jean and Tom Bower, 512 Eastview Road., Julie and Doug Weatherman, 514 Eastview Road., Judy and Dave Adland, 519 Eastview Road and Nancy and Peter Pietsch, 1907 S. Third Ave.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the six locations the day of the show and refreshments will be available at each stop.
The Marshalltown Garden Club, which is celebrating 100 years this year, uses the money raised from this tour for its civic planting projects, including plantings at the Fisher Community Center, Marshalltown welcome signs and park signs and the cottages at the Iowa Veterans Home.
Photographs of the six homes on the tour will be featured in Times-Republican each day beginning today and running through Friday. For more information call Bresler at 641-485-4803.