St. Croix Garden Tour marks 20th year in July

St. Croix Garden Tour marks 20th year in July

Mar 06, 2012


St. Croix Garden Tour to mark 20 years in July

Proceeds benefit Stillwater-based FamilyMeans

STILLWATER, Minn., Feb. 22, 2012 – Twenty years ago Stillwater-based FamilyMeans was set to kick off its first-ever St. Croix Garden Tour, an event that has now awed and inspired attendees with feature gardens and creative ideas for two decades.

For the first time in the event’s history, this year’s tour will feature residential gardens from previous years. One of these gardens is that of Lake Elmo resident Tom DeGree, whose garden was on the tour in 2008. Since then, Tom has taken the lead to chair the garden tour committee. 

“Tom provides wonderful volunteer leadership for this event. He is committed not only to making the garden tour a success, but to capturing the mission of FamilyMeans,” said Arba-Della Beck, president of FamilyMeans, noting the agency’s mission is to strengthen communities by strengthening families. “The garden tour is such a fun summertime event. It’s a great way to get outdoors and meander through the yards of welcoming homeowners to see the creativity, skill and ideas that go into their gardens. Each one is unique.” 

The St. Croix Garden Tour event proceeds support FamilyMeans, a nonprofit that provides counseling and mental health services; collaborative divorce; financial counseling and bankruptcy services; caregiver support; youth enrichment programs; and an employee assistance program. FamilyMeans ( reaches more than 23,000 people each year.

WHAT:          20th Annual St. Croix Garden Tour

WHY:             To support the programs and services of FamilyMeans, a Stillwater-based nonprofit that serves people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels.

WHEN:          Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning on May 7, 2012.                      

WHERE:       Residential homes in the Stillwater area – exact locations yet to be announced.

PICTURES:  Go to to check out garden tour pictures from previous years. They can be found in the “About Us” section, under “Events”.

Call Jennifer Kovacich at (651) 789-4017 for more information.