Annual Victory Neighborhood garden tour this weekend

Andy Warhol once said he preferred city life because one could always find bits of forest in the city, but there's never a little bit of city in a forest. This is certainly true for the Twin Cities, where people sometimes even bring the forest into their yards. Or, for a more finely coiffed look, there are gardens.

Mr. Warhol wasn't known for having a green thumb (unless, of course, he had been using that color of paint), but plenty of Minnesotans are, and the annual Victory Neighborhood Garden Tour celebrates these oases within the city limits. [jump]

The neighborhood, named for its Victory Memorial Drive, is part of the Camden community in northwest Minneapolis. The tour will begin with a picnic in the Loring school yard gardens. Here, folks can pick up a map for a self-guided tour through gardens located within the area's major thoroughfares: Dowling Avenue, Memorial Parkway, and Newton Avenue. The guide is a kind of passport, too -- get it stamped at enough gardens to be eligible for prizes. Are you looking for tips in order to create your own notable garden? Master gardeners will be answering questions at several locations along the way/

The annual Victory Neighborhood Garden Tour takes place this Sunday, August 7, beginning with a picnic at noon. The garden tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m.