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Hennepin County Hosting Master Gardener Tour

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you don’t have a green thumb, but want a great garden, why not check out the Hennepin County Master Gardener Tour this weekend?

Six gardens across the Twin Cities will all have themes, including rain, feng shui and water.

WCCO-TV went inside a Japanese tea garden for a preview of the event.

Lush greens, trees and a koi pond — you can get immersed in the cement leaves and Canadian mountain green rocks in Larry Cipolla’s Japanese garden.

But the love of gardening doesn’t stop there. He’s been a master gardener since 2004, learning a little of everything.

“I’ve always gardened since I was a kid,” he said. “Botany, soil, insects, vegetables — a wide range of subjects.”

All of that is now in his yard, including a hydroponic garden. He grows herbs like basil, tarragon and mint. He also has an extensive vegetable garden.

While it looks like it’s really complicated, sometimes grown sprouts from mistakes. Cipolla said that one key for master gardeners is to admit what they don’t know.

The tour is this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 if you buy them by tomorrow, and the tour will take place, rain or shine.

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