Music in the Gardens, nature-lover’s treat, set for June 25

Blackwood Beach Cottages has one of the incredible Peninsula gardens ready for visitors later this month.

PENINSULA — Seven gorgeous gardens will be spotlighted during the 2011 Music in the Gardens tour set for Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by the Water Music Festival, Music in the Gardens offers nature-lovers an opportunity to take pleasure in gorgeous flowers, creative landscaping, lovely music (provided by local musicians and performers scheduled for the annual Jazz & Oysters/Water Music festivals in August and October), culinary delights and serene settings.

Some highlights of this year’s tour include one enchanting garden filled with espaliered cherry trees, a rugosa rose hedge, Asian lilies, classic urns and statues, and arched trellises. Another site features an herb and ornamental garden, quarter-acre pond, and terraces perfect for watching over 50 types of birds.

One garden emphasizes decks brimming with roses, perennial beds and garden art. Another will appeal to those who appreciate Chinese elements. Yet another will please everyone who delights in an exquisitely manicured, three-level garden bursting with beauty.

Other gardens give prominence to wrap-around porches, garden gazebos, apple and cherry trees, conifers and rhododendrons, dahlias, Japanese maples, hostas and delightful garden art.

Sponsors for the 2011 event include Basket Case Greenhouse, The English Nursery, Gary McGrew (realtor at Lighthouse Realty), Oman & Son and Peninsula Landscape Supply.

Tickets are available one week in advance or on the day of the event.

The $15 tickets are available at Basket Case Nursery (12106 Sandridge Road, Long Beach), the English Nursery (corner of Highways 101 and 103, Seaview) and Adelaide’s (1401 Bay Avenue, Ocean Park).

For more information, go to watermusicfestival.com or call 665-4466 or 642-2507.

Get your tickets, follow the red and pink balloons, and get ideas for your own garden, relax among beautiful settings, and meet a friend or two.

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