Springtime is in bloom! Enjoy a 'Grand Tour of Gardens'

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Spring is just around the corner, and Arizona gardeners are celebrating our mild weather and new plant life in bloom!

Tickets are still available for the Valley's premier gardening event "Grand Tour of Gardens." The event will  will be held Sunday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

For the 16th year,  Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine is teaming up with Valley homeowners who have a true love of gardening.

"We've probably had one of the best winters I've known since I've lived here," says Nancy Erdmann of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine. "The gardeners are loving it and the plants are doing amazing!"

The self guided experience at five Valley homes includes a property once used to raise thoroughbred horses. The homeowners, Sydney and Mike Dye, have created a beautiful indoor/outdoor living space that offers what they call "an ideal location for growing organic, seasonal produce used in cooking with family and friends."

The charming enclosed kitchen garden (with a full-size hen house) is also home to Chef Sydney's private cooking classes. First Fig Culinary Adventures hold classes for small and medium sized groups.

"We do private cooking classes for groups of eight or more," says Sydney Dye. "We always do our menus around local and seasonal ingredients."

The grounds also feature olive, citrus and stone fruit trees, along with inviting patios. The sprawling yard surrounds a Mediterranean-style home and a pasture with sheep, goats and adorable burros.

Master gardeners and landscape professionals will be on hand to answer questions. The self-guided tour costs $45 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Botanical Garden.

Purchase your tickets online today at phgmag.com/gardentour or by calling 480-664-3960.

Try Sydney Dye's recipe for roasted tomatillo salsa. The recipe is online.

Learn more about Desert Botanical Gardens here.