Backyards full of ideas and garden solutions will be in full bloom as part of the McPherson Master Gardener and Friends June Bloom Garden Tour.

Each of the five gardens reflect the purpose and personalities of its owners, ranging from backyard paradises to research sites.

“What we like to focus on with this garden tour is education. We want to show people what you can do with what you have,” said DeWayne Herrs, Master Gardener. “Everybody has a problem in their garden, we all do, and maybe you can find a solution on this tour. I get ideas from the gardens every year.”

Since gardening doesn’t come naturally to everyone, Master Gardeners on the tour have highlighted a number of ways for individuals to try out techniques in a variety of yards.

The self-led June Bloom Garden Tour is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 24 to five locations in McPherson. Maps will be available at each of the gardens. Tickets are $7 on June 25 and $5 in advance, which can be purchased at Smoky Valley Nursery, Shelia’s Garden Market, McPherson County K-State Research and Extension office, The Bookshelf & Hidden Closet, Graber’s Ace Hardware and Stutzman’s Greenhouse.

Here’s a brief overview of what to look for during next Saturday’s tour:

Ron and Inge Kruge, 621 N. Walnut St.

The Kruge garden illustrates a few ways to handle almost anything Kansas can throw at a gardener.

“When we bought the house, there was nothing here, just mud puddles and weeds,” said Inge Kruge. “Like a puzzle, everything came together.”

The Kruges show a number of ways to fix common lawn problems, such as improving drainage by adding a brick walkway or adding plants that tolerate all forms of weather.

“I like a mix and I like plants that look good in the winter months. Boxwoods stay green all year long,” Inge Kruge said. “In Kansas, it’s difficult to have color with the heat, so the spots of color in our garden are what I put in pots.”

Michael and Jolene Westerman, 1448 N. Grimes St.

The Westerman’s garden opens the door to new ideas in a hidden oasis.

“You see the first part of the garden and then there’s a gate to kind of a secret…