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What you don’t know about the 22nd annual Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour

Take a sneak peak of Steamboat's most unique kitchens and gardens Saturday during the 22nd annual Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour.

Featuring a variety of indigenous plants in bloom, unique water features and views of the Yampa Valley, the tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organized by the Strings Guild members, the day will begin at Strings Music Pavilion where breakfast will be served and accompanied by live music at 8:15 a.m. before ticket holders head to homes around Steamboat Springs. Each location showcases live music and hosts a Master Gardener on-site to answer questions.

"Our Kitchen and Garden Tour allows people in our own community and visitors to tour beautiful homes, creative kitchens and magnificent and unique gardens," said Marlene Fisher, chair of the Kitchen and Garden Tour Committee, who has been involved as a volunteer and hostess in the gardens since 2004. "I love that these gardens give me the opportunity to figure out what plants are conducive to our zone, altitude and locale."

This year, she said local artists will be live-painting the view from the featured homes. In addition, each home has a Guild member as "house captain," who is in charge of all arrangements with the homeowner, hostesses and all others involved for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Benefiting the Strings Music Festival, tickets are $45 for the self-guided tour and $75 for the VIP bus, which includes door-to-door transportation, special access to a master gardener and lunch at Catamount Ranch and Club. The tour can be taken by car or bike.

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This year’s tour features seven homes throughout Steamboat. Following are a few of the highlights.

Master Gardeners

Answering a variety of questions on the tour will be Andy Kennedy, Barbara Walker, Barbara Flowers, Jo Smith, Ellie Lassiter, Pat Tormey, Claudia Dausman. Gail Reed, Ellyn Myller, Georgianne Nelson, Estella Heitman, Nancy Porter, Tegan Anderson, Arlene Van Baak,and Barb Sanders. All of the Master Gardeners have graduated from the Master Gardener class offered by the Colorado State University Extension Center.

Garden highlights: The plants featured on the tour can be found on the Top 10 plant list in addition to the noxious weed list the Master Gardeners created for this tour, which will be available online. Fisher said they would also be putting signage labels near the plants for identification.

What you don't know: "Our homeowners are very diligent and put in countless hours in preparation for this tour, both spiffing up their gardens and the interior of their homes," Fisher said.

Many of the homeowners get assistance from the landscapers who have done the original design of the garden. Some of the landscape designers and home architects will be on hand at the various homes to answer questions from the tour guests.

Landscape designers represented include Mountain Roots, Gecko Landscape and Design, Lotus Designs and Native Eco Systems.

Featured homes

"Each of the kitchens are unique and conducive to socializing," said Fisher.

Tour Home designs: Mountain rustic, mountain modern, exquisite contemporary, open beam cathedral and New Mexico-style stucco.

Architects represented: Michael J.K. Olsen and Joe Robbins

Interior designers: Silver Creek Designs, East West Expressions and Home on the Range.

"These tour homes are representative of the diversity in our Steamboat architecture and community," Fisher said. "All of the home designs have utilized natural materials common to the Mountain West."

 Artists to see

  • Chula Beauregard
  • Dancy St. John
  • Dedi Knox
  • Adam Zabel
  • Chris Roche
  • Carol Jean
  • Susie Jackson

Musicians

Yampa Valley Boys, Paul Geppert, Barbara McKown, Timberline, Steamboat Folk, Hayley Berg, Kirk Martenson, Teri Rose, Melissa and Olivia Requist, Beth Kuczkowski, Belinda Rossi, Joe Ghiglia, Andy Schaffner, Elizabeth Danielson, Bonnie Murray, Trevor Potter, Walt Seabert and Andrea Wilhelm.

You can catch them performing in the morning and afternoon at each home, at the breakfast at the Strings Pavilion Tent and at the VIP Luncheon at Lake Catamount Lake House.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go…

What: Strings Kitchen & Garden Tour

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15
Where: Various locations – meet at the Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Tickets: $45 for the self-guided tour and $75 for the VIP bus.