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ASHEVILLE — The Historic Montford Garden Tour is back after a 17-year hiatus, with 12 gardens on the self-guided tour happening Saturday, June 5.

The yards and gardens feature a variety of distinct landscapes that grace some homes more than 120 years old and others more recently built.

Tour goers will come away inspired and motivated to transform their own yards with some of the urban landscaping ideas — including moss gardens, water gardens, bird and pollintator-friendly gardens, native plant gardens and creating spaces for respite and relaxation.

The all-day tour also includes some of the area’s most coveted musicians, who will play a range of bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical styles in live two-hour concerts on the porches, decks and patios of many of the gardens on the tour.

Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 (and free for 12 and under) with proceeds going to Montford community initiatives.

You can buy tickets online in advance at The day of the tour, come to the Asheville Visitor Center anytime from 9:30 a.m. on, show proof of your online ticket purchase and you’ll get a map of garden locations to serve as your passport for the day.

Musicians on the tour

The musical lineup for the tour includes:

• Local legend Kat Williams, whose extraordinary singing repertoire ranges from jazz, blues, Motown, R&B and pop.

• Vocalist and harmonica player Kip Veno and guitarist/vocalist Erich Hubner of always-fun Pleasure Chest.

• The Asheville Music School’s Fiddle Squad, a gifted group of music students of various ages.

• Master fiddler and banjo player Liam Thomas Bailey.

• The Cafe´ String Quartet, which performs primarily classical music.

• Singer-songwriter Emily Martin with Wilder Lore, who plays lap steel, flute, guitar and sings harmonies

• In Flight, as guitar-and-piano duo featuring Bryce Robertson and Ian Taylor

• Guitarist John Logue, a jazz, classical and country music veteran

• Pianist Jason DeCristofaro and bassist Kevin Kehrberg, both faculty members of Warren Wilson College who play jazz classics and tunes from the American Songbook.

• Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kylie Irvin, a jazz and folk specialist.

• MAR, an instructor at the Asheville Music School and folk acoustic guitarist from Peru with a wide repertoire

• Cat Dragons, composed of Don Lewis (Sons of Ralph), Craig Kellberg (Firecracker Jazz Band) and Ben Scales, director of the Montford Music and Arts Festival.