The Missouri State Parks will host garden tours at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann this weekend, June 7-8. Tours of the heirloom gardens will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will be greeted by gardeners in period attire and will have the opportunity to sample from the historic herb garden. The tour will also include information on 19th century gardening techniques, heirloom plants and their uses during the early Missouri settlement period.

A small 1880s half-timber barn will feature historic farm and garden tools. The tours will include a special demonstration on the making of bee skeps, a decorative garden item made from braided straw that was once used to keep bees.

Traditional pink lemonade and springerle cookies flavored with lavender will be served. The garden visit and barn tour are free of charge.

Tours of Deutschheim State Historic Site are conducted at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and cost is $5 for adults and $3 for youths 6-17. Children under the age of 5 are free. Group rates are available.

Deutschheim State Historic Site is located on West Second Street in Hermann. For more information, call 573-486-2200.