The 2019 Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk, sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners, will take place Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19.
This year’s event features 21 gardens in Ste. Genevieve’s historic district and other areas within the city. Both public and private gardens will be on the tour, including two new gardens and two others returning to the walk after a year’s hiatus.
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
The Master Gardeners plant sale will take place during the same hours as the Garden Walk, with a 9 a.m. opening time on Saturday for early-bird shoppers. The sale includes perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees, vegetables (including heirloom and hybrid tomatoes), fruits, native plants, and annuals from Master Gardeners’ gardens, and lily bulbs at nominal prices. Cash or check only are accepted at the sale.
Daylilies, hostas, and hand-forged garden tools will be available for purchase from private vendors on Saturday only at the Main Street Garden Market on the corner of Main and Market
Walk participants who visit the Felix Valle House State Historic Site may enjoy complimentary tea and a sampling of lavender cake on both days.
The Lost Acres Tractor Club will again be providing free tractor and wagon rides on Saturday only.
Several other events will be held in conjunction with the Garden Walk weekend.
— The Ste. Genevieve Farmers Market on the Knights of Columbus grounds, 600 E. Market St., will be open on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon, and will offer complimentary homemade treats for the occasion.
— The Ste. Genevieve Art Guild will have a garden-themed show and sale at the Sainte Genevieve Winery, 245 Merchant St., on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Garden Walk” show will feature paintings and other works by Guild members.
— The Centre for French Colonial Life, 198 Market St. will have its permanent exhibit detailing the French and Spanish Colonial period and “Living off the Land” temporary exhibit, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission to the centre is free, and tickets for guided tours of the historic Bolduc and Bolduc-LeMeilleur Houses may be purchased at the centre.
The Hands-on History House, 116 S. Main St., will have games and activities for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only for a $2 per person admission fee.
n Register to win a deluxe birdfeeder at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Free guided walking history tour of the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Landmark District will be led by members of the Genevieve Foundation for Restoration. The tour will meet at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 5 p.m. on Saturday only.
Anyone who purchases a Garden Walk ticket will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 attendance prize from the Master Gardeners.
Tickets to the Garden Walk can be purchased at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St., on the day of the event, for $7 per person, or $6 per person for groups of five or more. Children 12 and under are free. Cash or check only are accepted.
For more information, call the Welcome Center at 573-883-7097 or 1-800-373-7007.
Proceeds from the annual walk and plant sale are used for beautification and educational projects in the city of Ste. Genevieve and Ste. Genevieve County, in the form of grants offered by the Master Gardeners. Grant funds have been provided in recent years to Ste. Genevieve R-II School District, Valle Catholic Schools, Foundation for Restoration, Lions Club, the city of Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, Ste. Genevieve Community Garden, Bolduc properties, Ste. Genevieve Disc Golf, Saints Philip & James Church in River aux Vases, Friends of the City Park, University of Missouri Extension, and to individual Fleur de Lis Garden Club volunteers for public flower beds.
(Information in a release from the Master Gardeners of Ste. Genevieve.)