How do you remember the names of the plants? How do you find the time? Where are all the weeds? It was these questions and many more that 83 participants of the Living At Home/Block Nurse Program’s (LAH/BNP) recent yard and garden tour got answers to. “The tour was such a success that this is something the LAH/BNP would like to continue to grow and build upon each year,” said Lisa Knutson, board member of the LAH/BNP. And, as it goes with any event, it takes a level of organization and of course volunteers, which Knutson was quick to recognize. You may have seen the LAH/BNP volunteers greeting and helping to guide participants at the different gardens on the tour, “We can’t thank our volunteers enough for turning out in the heat to help with the event,” said Knutson. Thanks were doled out to Claire Swanson, Bev Tellefsen and Greta Voudrie. And of course, the event was made possible because of those that opened up their yards and gardens for the public and made themselves available to share information and answer questions. “Their hard work and pride should not go unnoticed,” said Knutson speaking about yard and garden tour hosts. The hosts included: Phil and Mary Kelly, Karla and Butch Imes, Ron and Kay Thorkelson, Jan Wambecke and Ed Rholik, Liz and Wayne Deblieck, Mike and Val Hoffman, Dave and Angie Knollenberg, Dennis and Phyllis Shultz and Lavonne and Dwayne Koenen.

Each location offered something uniquely different, “The special expertise and knowledge shared by Schultz’s about their garden, the Hoffman’s hidden valley of lush plants and landscape, the Knollenberg’s ability to work and raise kids and find the time to keep such beautiful garden space, or the native plant scape, refreshments and hospitality at the Koenen’s, or the beauty of standing in the back yards of the Kelly’s, Imes, Thorkelsons, Wanbecke and Rholik or the Debliecks – it’s like something out of a magazine,” said Knutson. All the funds raised from this event will go toward supporting the mission of the LAHBNP, whose mission is to assist older persons in remaining safe and independent in their own homes and communities. The LAHBNP consists of three employees, eight board members and seventy-three volunteers and serves 177 clients with needs ranging from transportation, light chores, appointments and short term respite care. If you have an interest in participating as a Yard and Garden Tour host site next year more information can be obtained by calling the LAHBNP office or contacting Lisa Knutson at the Granite Falls Bank. More information about the services and support offered by the Living at Home Block Nurse Program can be obtained by calling their office at 320-564-3235 or visiting their website at