Fall garden tour showcases vegetable harvest
Creemore Horticultural Society’s biannual self-guided walking tour of “Real Gardens of Creemore” is happening this Saturday, Sept. 14.
Traditionally the garden tour has been held in the summer but Jaki Skillings said the society chose to have the tour in the fall so people could see gardens at a different time of year, when the vegetables and annuals in their full glory.
“We also wanted to do it in the fall to showcase different ways that you can grow a vegetable garden in your own yard in the village to promote vegetable growing,” said Skillings.
The tour features eight gardens built and maintained primarily by the residents, all located within the village within easy walking distance of each other.
Gardeners Dorothy Shropshire, Bob Ransier, Jen and Tim Koen, Ed Hovius, B.J. May, Charlotte and Paul Vorstermans, Emma Noonan and Betty Belfry, along with Skillings’ own garden, are all included. The Hort Park and Grandma’s Garden (beside Creemore Log Cabin) are maintained by the Hort Society and are also highlighted on the tour.
She said most of the gardens, except maybe two, have significant vegetable plots, with Hovius’ expansive and meticulous vegetable garden having the most.
Each owner will be in his or her garden and available to discuss its distinctive features.
The tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person. Tickets are available on the day of the tour at the coffee booth at the Creemore Farmers’ Market, which is manned by the Hort Society that day, or at each garden on the tour. For more information, please contact CreemoreHort@gmail.com.
Proceeds from the tour will help support the public gardens maintained by the Hort Society.
Organizers are planning an even bigger garden tour in two years, when the Creeemore Horticultural Society celebrates its 100th anniversary.