MARTINSVILLE — When visiting Doug and Kay Flauding’s residence, one of the first things you will notice are the beautiful gardens surrounding the property. A close second might be the sign above the doorbell with a set of simple instructions: “Ring bell. If no answer, pull weeds.” 

The Flaudings have spent the last 17 years carefully tending to their gardens, and all their hard work comes to fruition every summer when they open their home for annual garden tours. 

“We learn about how to do things every year,” Doug said. “We make a lot of mistakes, but that’s how we learn.” 

The tours, nicknamed the “Friends and Neighbors Tour,”  will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 10. at 8047 Goat Hollow Rd in Martinsville. Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals. The Flaudings ask that guests park along the road as close to the edge as possible, as the road is very narrow.