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Doors Open draws big crowds

Brandonites were treated to beautiful weekend weather while touring historical homes and gardens during the annual Doors Open and Open Gardens events.

Fifteen heritage buildings were part of the 13th annual house tours.

"There are just so many hidden gems in Brandon," Susan Gatin said. "Even when we are walking to the homes we see homes and think I wish I could see inside."

Gatin takes part in the tours every year. For her it is an interesting way of seeing Brandon’s architectural history.

Moreland Manor is 100 years old. For more than 50 years it was divided into smaller apartments, but Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and her husband have been working on returning it to its original condition.

"We have owned the house for 13 years and slowly done all the work except the electrical ourselves," she said.

Moreland Manor’s main floor and garden was open to the public on Sunday. In the first hour an estimated 200 people came by to check it out.

"It’s more beautiful than our house," said one young girl to her mother.

The beautiful old architecure in Brandon can sometimes go unnoticed. Marrian Moore said until her sister from Saskatchewan mentioned it, she had not really paid attention to the number of older buildings.

"It is unbelievable how many of these homes are in Brandon and so well preserved," Moore said.

This was her first time touring inside the homes for Doors Open.

Moore and Gatin were both impressed by the gardens at several homes especially the garden at 7 Moose Place.

"My jaw literally dropped when I came around the corner," Gatin said. "It’s so beautiful."

Thirteen gardens took part in the event at varying times. Several included musicians, sketchers and painters in the garden area.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 21, 2014

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