Richmond Art Museum’s annual Secret Garden Tour fundraiser is returning Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27.

The unique event gives area residents the opportunity to visit lush gardens of local landscape artists throughout the community.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on tour days.

Self-guided tours are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. [awesome-weather location=”Richmond Indiana” size=”tall” units=”F”]

Four gardens of varying type and size, including a select trail of Cope Environmental Center, will be on view throughout the self-guided tour for ticket holders to enjoy.

A tour bonus is the Garden Boutique where shoppers can purchase unique ironwork, flower baskets and planters found nowhere else in Richmond.

“RAM is pleased to offer this community building fundraiser, which highlights Richmond and Wayne County in such a positive aspect,” said Executive Director Shaun Dingwerth. “As an arts organization and community-driven institution, focused on arts experiences, education and exhibitions, RAM needs to continue to present residents and visitors with events like SGT!”

The tour is a rain-or-shine event.

Advance tickets are available online only at

Tickets on the days of the tour are available at the museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, on the north end of the Richmond High School building.  They can be purchased at curbside with credit cards.

First Bank Richmond is again sponsoring the tour.

Here are three comments from participating gardeners as shared on the museum’s website:

*”In November of 2000, I went to bed one night as my usual self. When I awoke the next morning I was a passionate, avid gardener! I couldn’t read enough, learn enough, or think enough about flower gardening. In the last 21 years I have slowly created my own botanical gardens on our farm. My love for perennials and annuals is almost equal as they each have their own unique qualities. Besides the planting, nurturing, and blooms galore, I love the scents in my gardens. I choose lots of fragrant plants to encourage hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to visit. Everyday in gardening is its own special experience, and that I love!!!”

*”If you like a lot of color in a garden, you will see it in my garden!  This burst of color on the Richmond’s West Side will have plenty to engage your eyes! You will see Lantanas, Begonias, Day Lilies, Angelonias, Spireas, Ninebarks, and a variegated Rose of Sharon. I’m delighted to share my love of gardening with the community. Enjoy!”

* “A garden is never finished – Ours started out as a wooded pasture that was home to a herd of Black Angus cattle, Palomino Quarter Horses and eventually a herd of Arabian show horses. Marriage, jobs and relocations led us away from Indiana and through five states in 17 years. Fast forward to the day we decided to return to Wayne County so that our two children would be able to graduate from high school with no more moving around the country and no more leaving friends behind. We built our dream home in the same wooded pasture and began to plant – trees, shrubs, bulbs, tubers, corms, grasses, perennials and annuals.

We have learned to exist with the local deer, raccoon, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and various other critters and to tolerate their attempts to assist our gardening efforts – hence our one special evergreen that is re-shaped each year by a resident buck.

Over the years, some things have worked, many have not…but the joy is in trying new plantings and seeing what will thrive. Because – a garden is never finished.”

For more information, call  (765) 966-0256 or email

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.