Discover lovely gardens on self-guided tours today

$35 cost to see 10 unique gardens at Pleasanton home will benefit Valley Humane Society

Golden poppies are a vision in Callie's Country Club and an old pair of loafers find new life as planters at Hummer's Haven, two gardens on this year's sixth annual "Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour" tomorrow, a fundraiser for Valley Humane Society.

The garden tour will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today rain or shine. It features a self-guided tour of 10 unique and outstanding gardens at private homes in Pleasanton.

The tour provides an opportunity to gain ideas and inspirations for garden designs, fountains, flower and shrub combinations, decks, patios, gazebos, outdoor kitchens -- and more.

Television personality Buzz Bertolero, the "dirt gardener," will be on hand at one of the tour locations to chat and answer gardening questions.

Non-refundable tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online at and at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at Valley Humane Society.

Tickets are also available at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore; Armstrong Garden Center, 7360 San Ramon Road, Dublin; and the following Pleasanton locations: Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St.; Towne Center Books, 555 Main St.; The Wine Steward, 641 Main St.; and Western Garden Nursery, 2756 Vineyard Ave.

Call Valley Humane Society at 426-8656 or visit


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