The Rio Garden Tour has always been known for an array of sunny and shade perennial gardens, as well as displays of annuals in beautiful arrangements. This year, handcrafted structures, benches, and obelisks add art to the gardens, along with interest created by antique sewing machines, garden gates and containers. Learn about mushroom cultivation, straw bale gardens, Missouri gravel beds and hugelkultur berms. There are vegetable gardens and small orchards for the foodies on the tour. The seven gardens from town to country, vary each with their own creative twist.
Included in the Garden Show is the Rio Library Garden, which has been transformed into an educational garden, including a vegetable garden, herb garden, native plant garden, and a children’s garden. Vegetables were planted to be used by the children in the summer library programs. Heirloom plants were added in honor of the Rio Library’s 100th anniversary this year.
The Garden Show will be on Friday, July 14, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and then on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Rio Library at 324 W. Lyons Street for an admission price of $8. Also a light luncheon will be available at the Rio Library on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for $6.
Raffle tickets will be sold for a handcrafted quilt called “Floral Spin” created by the Rio Quilt Guild. Prices for raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. All proceeds will go to the Rio Library.
Another happening in Rio is a historical display at the Ohio Cemetery. The Rio Area Historical Society will “make camp” near the marker for Civil War veteran C.J. Linquist. There you will be able to pick up a souvenir fan to help keep you cool as you stroll through the grounds. You can learn about the flowers “carved in stone”, as well as some history of this early Rio settler and his family. Music of the era will be on the breeze to help transport you back to a different time. Join Historical Society members for a relaxing, educational experience. Members of the RAHS will be at the Ohio Cemetery on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.