(2011 Courier file photo)
(2011 Courier file photo)
Some of Madison's grandest gardens will be on display during the next two weekends, as Madison in Bloom returns to the city.

Madison in Bloom, a spring garden tour, will be held Saturday and Sunday and again on May 18 and 19. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The semi-annual event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Diana Hand, office manager for the historical society, said the tour brings a lot of attention from in and out of town.

"It brings a lot of out of town visitors and locals. It's not just good for us, but it's good for the shops and restaurants in town, too," Hand said. "We're really looking forward to it this year. It's going to be a splendid tour."

The tour features eight private gardens, two museum gardens and two hospitality sites with refreshments.

Tickets are $12. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted for free.

Tourgoers will stop at the Jefferson County Historical Society's headquarters at 615 W. First St., the Talbott-Hyatt Pioneer Garden in the 300 block of West Second Street, the Shrewsbury-Windle House's garden at 301 W. First St., the garden of Ted and Linda Sullivan, the garden of Tony and Phyliss Steinhardt, Mary Jane Geyman's garden, the gardens of Jim and Nancy Burkhardt and Pat Wisman, Brad Mill and David Powell's garden, the garden of Linda and John DeLuca, Ken Kemp and Diann Rinker's garden, the garden of Chris Albers and Aaron Lamson. The tour also includes stops at the First Christian Church, located at 512 W. Main St., and the Firefighting Museum, 808 Walnut St.