A tour for all your senses

Dig This columnist Melissa Geddes talks about the upcoming Squamish garden tour

 

If you are looking for a great weekend activity, check out the Squamish Gardeners’ annual garden tour. You don’t have to be an avid gardener to enjoy the tour; there is something for everyone. 

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Perhaps checking out real estate and homes is your thing, or discovering new areas of our town that are behind closed gates is up your alley. Whatever your motivation, it is a great community event not to be missed.

This year’s tour takes place on Sunday (June 22) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 10 distinctly unique gardens to view on this self-directed tour and lucky for us, we will once again get to enjoy art and music in the gardens. A perfect pairing.

Tickets are $15 each and are available at the Adventure Centre (including the day of the tour), Anna’s Interiors, On the Farm, Garibaldi Nursery and the Squamish Library. There will be raffle tickets for sale on the tour with more than 30 great prizes up for grabs. 

Gardens offer sensory pleasure on a multitude of levels. The scent of blossoming flowers, the sun warming your skin, the gurgle of water features and fountains are all a pleasurable way to spend the day 

I’ve been on a number of garden tours over the years. One tip worth passing on: besides wearing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and bringing a camera (ask the owners first) is be prepared to be inspired by more than flowers.

The people behind the gardens are always my favourite aspect of tours. I have had the pleasure of working for garden tour participants and applaud them for sharing their beauty with the community at large.

These folks have spent time and effort transforming their small piece of the land into beautiful gardens. They are full of information and tips, and everyone has a story. It’s no small feat to open up the gate and let the public at large in. 

I admire their generosity and bravery. No gardener ever thinks his or her garden is “tour worthy” and I applaud them for going out on a limb to encourage our curiosity.

If you have been a Squamish Garden Tour regular over the years, it is always a treat to see a garden make a repeat appearance. Gardens are such a living and evolving entity; I love to see them mature and change over time and love being welcomed back a second time.

Be prepared for garden art and decor, from the very elegant to absolutely whimsical. This is one community event not to be missed.

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