ONTARIO – Looking for a fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon?

Look no further than the Treasure Valley Community College Foundation’s annual Outdoor Living and Garden tour Saturday. 

The event features seven local gardens and begins with a container seminar at Andrews Seed Co. in Ontario. 

At 10 a.m., Susan Kurth, co-owner of Andrews Seed Co., will present the seminar about how to create a sun or shade container of flowers and plants. The Kurths’ garden at 3727 Lincoln Dr. in Ontario is also on the tour.

Attendees can start visiting gardens at 10 a.m. The tour ends at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Ontario businesses Aami Medspa, Andrews Seed Co., the Four Rivers Cultural Center Gift Shop, the downtown Jolts & Juice, Red Apple Market Place, Salon Salon and Second & Vine. 

Proceeds fund TVCC scholarships.

The gardens on display are the Hikaru Mizu Garden at Four Rivers Cultural Center and the Stephen Crow and Steve Recla garden at 626 S.W. 11th Street. 

Other Ontario gardens on the tour are: Mike and Jill Miller at 1092 S.W. 2nd Ave.; Tim and Pam Helfrich, 1129 S.W. 2nd Ave.; David and Dalyce Knight, 1485 N.W. 7th Ave.; and Roger and Jean Findley, 3535 Butte Dr.

Each garden features unique attributes, said Cathy Yasuda, executive director of the TVCC Foundation.

“They are all different. We have some that are finely manicured and some that are more free,” said Yasuda.

Yasuda said the driving tour is an opportunity for people to find new ideas for their own gardens.

“They can see what can be done in a small or large space. Lots of folks love to garden and it is really amazing what people can do,” said Yasuda.

Reporter Pat Caldwell: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.