A water-wise xeriscape that still looks lush as well as seven heirloom gardens will be featured Saturday on a Nevada Landmarks Society's garden tour.
The tour will take place between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m and is self-guided.
Several historic homes also will be open, including the Barber-Belnap home, built in 1875, and the Roberts House on North Carson Street.
Refreshments will be available. The Comstock Quartet and Chris Bayer and his banjo will be playing.
Master gardeners from Cooperative Extension will be on hand at Mills Park to talk about C-Scape, a water-efficient garden near the Pony Express Pavilion. The garden supports crabapple trees, shade trees, flowers and a lawn, along with hardy plants. C-Scape, short for Carson City xeriscape, was restored by the Cooperative Extension and is irrigated by the city water department.
"We felt a lot of people would be interested this year in learning about a low-maintenance garden, " said Dorothy Dolan, society vice president.
Besides gardens in full bloom, a new "garden in progress" will be on the tour at the Paula Cannon home.
Saturday's tour will be the second garden tour put on by the Landmarks Society.
"We work with Carson City Redevelopment, and they support our doing the tour to help promote the area," said Dolan.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and will be sold at the Roberts House, 1207 North Carson St., the day of the tour. In advance tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy's Books and the Tudor Cottage.
IF YOU GO
What: Tour of Carson City's hidden gardens
When: Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.
Where: Start at Roberts House, 1207 North Carson St.
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 seniors/students. Tickets in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy's Books, and the Tudor Cottage; at the Roberts House the day of tour.