Although Northern Nevada's weather hasn't stayed warm enough this spring to inspire gardeners to don their gardening hats and gloves for long, there is still a way to catch spring garden fever.
The Carson City Historical Society will offer its annual "Through the Garden Gate" home/garden self-guided walking tour from noon to
5 p.m. Sunday.
"It's been a tough year for gardening," said Sue Ballew of the historical society, "but we've got a lot of fun things planned."
There are seven locations on the tour:
• The Foreman-Roberts House Museum, a Gothic Revival-style home built in 1865.
• The Bliss Mansion, built in 1879 by Duane L. Bliss, a 21-room home with cathedral ceilings and a third-floor ballroom.
• The Krebs-Peterson home, a 1914 Victorian.
• The Colcord home, built in 1874 by Chas F. Bicknell, clerk of the Supreme Court. It was later the home of Gov. Colcord. Only the garden is open.
• The Crisler garden is also on tour. The home was built in 1875, where Sheriff Crisler lived with his family.
• The Barber-Belnap-Beck home, built in 1875 by Oscar T. Barber. The garden will be open. An antique show and sale will be held at this home on the corner of Nevada and John streets from 1 to
4 p.m. Appraisals will be available for a nominal fee. There is no admission charge for the sale.
• St. Peter's Episcopal Church began as an organized Parish in 1863 and was incorporated as such under the Nevada Territorial Government. A "Garden Faire" will be held here at the corner of Division and Telegraph streets featuring master gardeners, workshops, garden crafts and ideas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee to this event.
Tour tickets are $15; children 6 and younger can tour with an adult for free. Tickets are available at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St. from 11 a.m. on the day of tour.
Proceeds will benefit the historical society's Carriage House Project.
WHAT: "Through the Garden Gate" tour
WHEN: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: $15. They are available at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St. from 11 a.m. on the day of tour. Advance tickets are available at White Cat Antiques, 512 N. Curry St.; Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1900 S. Carson St.; and Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St.
Information: call White Cat Antiques, 841-1975 or go to www.cchistorical.org.