After 24 years of successful tours, the all-volunteer Garden Tour committee at Georges River Land Trust has picked up a few tricks and tips along the way — some of which will be reflected during the July 10 event.

This year’s Gardens in the Watershed tour will offer music from the local ukulele group, UkesRock!, which will perform from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and then from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the garden of Les Hyde and Anne Cogger on Long Cove in St. George. Additionally, the tour will include a live raffle drawing for a 2016 John Deere Gator XUV 560 (second prize is a new wheelbarrow full of compost from Hedgerow) at 4 p.m. at the garden of Lori and David Schwartz on Ballfield Road in Port Clyde.

This year, no tickets will be mailed prior to the tour. Members and non-members alike are able to purchase advance tour tickets for $25 in person at any ticket outlet or online at Tour-goers can also call the Land Trust at 594-5166 to order tickets. Lunch selections will again be provided by Home Kitchen Café for $10 each, and lunch orders must be received by July 6. Lunch can be ordered at or by calling 594-5166.

Tour tickets will also be available for purchase for $30 each (cash or check) at any garden on tour day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tour goes on rain or shine. To check out the seven gardens in St. George, Spruce Head and Port Clyde on this year’s tour, visit to download the brochure. Tour-goers are encouraged to bring along a map for this self-guided day of fun — and to carpool with their friends for maximum enjoyment and minimum impact.

Advance tour tickets and brochures are available from these local merchants: Brambles in Belfast, Planet Toys in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop and Eastern Tire and Auto in Rockland, Green Thumb and Plants Unlimited in Rockport, Hedgerow in Tenants Harbor, and at the Land Trust office in Rockland.