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Ladysmith Rotary 20th Annual Garden Tour

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith will be hosting their 20th Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Eight area gardens, ranging from acreages in Yellow Point and Cedar to home gardens of varying sizes in Ladysmith and Saltair will be open for self-directed tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jim and Heather Derby’s garden has been over 40 years in the making. The waterfront home and grounds in Saltair have been groomed to take advantage of the lifestyle and the environment. Even without a garden this would be a beautiful setting, but the Derby’s have turned this into a mini Butchart Garden. The gardens feature two water ponds, a variety of rhodos. and “a heather for every season.” The garden is a delight at any time of year but is most colourful in the spring, perfect timing for the Rotary Garden Tour.

Come and enjoy the Derby gardens and seven others featuring boulevard plantings, formal gardens, natural settings with ponds, hardscaping to enhance streams and waterfalls, berry and vegetable beds, and glorious flowers, shrubs and trees. Adding to the fun will be local artists present at most gardens,

The Rotary Garden Tour is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners of all skill levels to visit and admire gardens otherwise unavailable to them.  The tour has been carefully constructed so that there is ample time for you to visit all eight gardens. Just follow directions on the map provided. There will be a large local area map at Aggie Hall – as well as someone there to help you plan your garden visits.

It all starts at the Aggie Hall in Ladysmith with two Master Gardeners in attendance the morning of the tour to answer your gardening questions. Take time to visit our Garden Bower to enjoy a sumptuous continental breakfast or our special “High Tea”. Local home and garden-related businesses will offer their products for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booths with B.C. handicrafts will also be on display. Enter their free draws! A video presentation produced by Frank Elsom on the theme “Ladysmith Gardens and Flowers” will run continuously and live music will be featured in the Garden Bower.

The popular raffle tickets feature three great prizes: a pair of Bill Hutchinson cedar lawn chairs, a cedar love seat and a large garden themed gift basket and  are available now from Ladysmith Rotary members and at the hall on the day of the Garden Tour. The raffle draw is at 1:30 pm at Aggie Hall. The hall is open 8:45 am to 2:30 pm.

Garden Tour tickets: Advance: $15, Day of Tour: $20 (includes garden pass, program and map.) Breakfast (8:45 -10:30am) Tickets $5 (Optional) High Tea (11:30am-2:00pm) Tickets $10 (optional)

Garden Tour tickets available at Aggie Hall on Tour Day, or in advance from Ladysmith Rotarians, Nancy’s Fashions, Pemberton Holmes Real Estate or the 49th Parallel Grocery in Ladysmith. Call Ed Nicholson at 250-924-3402 or email kaixin [at] mac [dot] com for more information.

The Garden Tour is organized by the Rotary Club of Ladysmith.

Watch the video! Rotary Garden Tour

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