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The Wild Gardens of Three Rivers

The pretty sequoia-close town shows off its green spaces.

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    A TOWN-SIZED GARDEN: If you've been to the sequoias you've likely toodled through Three Rivers. And if you spent any time in the foothill-soft oasis, you know what we mean when we say that the entire town is like one town-sized garden. Sure, there are gas stations and grocery stores and the usual buildings found in any municipality, but its natural beauty and stunning setting are notable. Meaning that the gardens that have actually been created within this setting must be gorgeous. And every year a handful of locals and people who own property in the idyllic spot open up their gates and fences and invite people in for a tour. It's called the Hidden Gardens of Three Rivers, and this year's date is Saturday, April 21.

    ON THE TOUR: Tour goers from 2011 will recall that William Shatner's ranch was on the roster. This year you can have a look at the garden of Dr. Neal Baer and Gerrie Smith, the doctor's wife (Dr. Baer also has entertainment ties, having worked on "ER"). That garden has a focus on native plants and the plus of being next to the picturesque Kaweah River. There are four gardens in all on the tour. We really want to see the building above; shouldn't we all reside in homes made of, or at least covered by, succulents? There's something peaceful in the idea. Being encased and protected by green things. A ticket is $40 and helps out a local Three Rivers school.