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Gardens to bloom for July benefit tour

Only July 12 and 13, gardens in and around Stillwater will be ready to bloom for a much-anticipated event, the 16th annual St. Croix Garden Tour. This event, which serves as a benefit for FamilyMeans, showcases some of the area's most stunning and unique private gardens.

Seven gardens are included on this year's tour. Each garden is unique and offers a variety of gardening ideas. The gardens will be open on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A Washington County Master Gardener will be on-hand at each garden to describe the plantings and answer questions.

Tickets to the St. Croix Garden Tour are $12 and tax deductible; children under 12 are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit FamilyMeans, whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping families learn, work and nurture healthy relationships. From its base in Stillwater, FamilyMeans serves communities in the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin.

For over 40 years, FamilyMeans has provided the help that individuals and families need to lead healthier and happier lives. FamilyMeans helps more than 20,000 people each year find renewed hope through family counseling and mental health services, financial counseling, caregiver support and youth and family enrichment programs.

To order tickets, or for more information about this year's tour, call FamilyMeans at (651) 439-4840 or visit