A parade of ponds

Waterfalls, flowers, gazebos, ponds, and fire pits are set to grace the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts for the annual Twin Cities Pond and Landscape Tour in July.

The event is a benefit for two charitable organizations.

“This is a fun summer event that raises money for two very worthwhile causes — the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and the nonprofit Minnesota Water Garden Society,” said Tina Plant, chief marketing officer for Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies, in a prepared statement.

There are two Southwest homes slated for the tour.

With a 10-foot waterfall in front of his Kenwood house, Glen Johnson’s property is difficult to miss. Johnson, who will be part of the tour for the first time, moved into his house in May 2007. Rather than keeping the grassy hill leading to the street, which was there when he moved in, Johnson had a pond and waterfall installed.

“The concept here was to bring the inside outside, and the outside in,” Johnson said.

The front yard is set up for the front room of the house to flow into, while the backyard is tiled the same as the kitchen in the back of the house, those are meant to flow together as well.

“I didn’t [build the pond and waterfall] for any other reason than I thought it would be cool,” Johnson said.  

The second stop on the tour is owned by Scott McKnite in the East Harriet neighborhood. He said he thought the tour contacted him in order to give the tourists something not so large to see, something closer to the price range of the general population.

His landscaping started because of the maple tree in his front yard, and has since expanded to include ponds as well as flowers, plants, a statue, and a place to relax and watch the world go by.  

“It’s kind of a way to give back to the community,” McKnite said, as a neighbor walked by and complimented him on his yard. “It’s a way of forming a community,” McKnite said of the neighbor. “I didn’t plan it, but that happens all the time.” If you go

Twin Cities Pond and Landscape Tour

When: The tour runs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on July 19–20 and July 26–27. There will also be nightscape tours on July 19 and July 26 from 9–11 p.m.

What: A tour of 100 ponds and landscapes. The event is a benefit for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Contact information: www.tcpondandlandscapetour.com