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Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour features 7 Steamboat homes

Members of the Strings Guild talk about different plants growing at a home off of Buffalo Pass Road.
Brooke Bumgarner

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What: The 21st annual Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Where: Seven locations throughout Steamboat Springs

Tickets: Self-guided tour tickets are $45 and VIP tour tickets are $75

— With a variety of indigenous plants in bloom, unique water features and views of the Yampa Valley, the homes featured on the Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour are beautiful and unique .

In its 21st year, the Strings Music Festival fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Strings Guild members are in charge of organizing the event, and they volunteer their time and help to recruit other volunteers from the community.

“There’s no shortage of amazing homes in this valley,” said Erin Walker, development director of Strings Music Festival. “I think the highlight this year is that we’ve just got some really special gardens.”



Each year, the tour features between five to seven homes; this year’s event will showcase seven. Three of the seven homes will feature kitchens and gardens, two will feature strictly exterior spaces and the focus of another will solely be on the kitchen. Live music will also be featured at each of the homes.

“My garden has been in progress for 15 to 16 years,” said Cathy Vogelaar, owner of “home C” on the tour.



Chickens will greet tour-goers at the top of the drive, and the dissent down the winding dirt road will feature a variety of small gardens before reaching a fenced vegetable garden. At the bottom of the drive, Butcherknife Creek must be crossed, before entering a large enclosed green where a garden cottage and teepee are on display.

The featured homes are located throughout Steamboat — one is located in The Sanctuary, another is in Dakota Ridge and others are in downtown and Strawberry Park.

Last year, between 350 to 500 total tickets were sold, and although there are three VIP buses available, those tickets did sell out and likely will again, Walker said.

“To me, for lack of a better word, it is a VIP experience,” said Walker of the VIP option. “For one, you get lunch at Aurum, and it’s also about the curbside service. You don’t have to worry about parking at any of the homes, it’s an air-conditioned ride, which can be nice on a hot day, and a master gardener is on each bus to talk to you between houses.”

Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour. Self-guided tickets cost $45 and the VIP tour costs $75.

Master gardeners will also be available at each home to answer questions, and there will be volunteers inside the homes to answer questions about the interiors.

“I love to look at flowers but I know very little about them,” Walker explained. “They [master gardeners] have such a tremendous knowledge base to what’s indigenous to the area, they are really able to offer a lot of insight that not every person knows or can even find in a book.”

The day will begin at Strings Music Pavilion where breakfast will be accompanied by live music starting at 8:15 a.m.


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