Outdoor enthusiasts from across the county enjoyed Keep Stephenville Beautiful's garden tour Saturday.

The fourth annual event drew in people from all ages looking to get a glimpse of some of the area's best gardens.

"I've really liked seeing all the big yards, especially the ones with the bright colored flowers," said six-year-old Tyler Arnold. "I like the ones with the swimming pools. I think those make them look really nice."

Garden host Darren Carpenter told tourists that keeping a nice garden is a labor of love.

"A lot of work goes into it," Carpenter said. "Once it's in though it isn't difficult to maintain. I probably spend 4 to 5 hours a week on it, but it's no small endeavor."

As one of the owner's of Scott's Flowers on the Square, Carpenter said it wasn't as easy to put together as he thought it would be.

"I do interiors and the backyard is just another room to me," he said. "Even with my experience I hired a landscape architect. I think getting help from someone who really knows what they're doing saved me a lot of money in the long run and it will get you to where you want your garden to be faster."

Tour attendee Paul Grubbs said he learned a few things on Saturday.

"When we saw Darren's garden my first reaction is that I was jealous," Grubbs said. "So much work goes into yards like this and they're something that everyone wants. We've seen some methods and plants that my wife and I like and I think we'll try and make some upgrades to our yard also."

As of Monday the funds raised for Keep Stephenville Beautiful were still being counted but secretary Janet Whitley express her excitement over the success.

"The event went really, really well," she said. "We had six excellent gradients this year and we appreciate those individuals for volunteering. By doing that they are really donating and providing and opportunity for the community to see the beauty that is really hidden in the area."