The People Place Garden Tour, the 18th annual edition, returns after a two-year COVID hiatus on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

The People Place Garden Tour, the 18th annual edition, returns after a two-year COVID hiatus on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon garden tour blooms again

The 18th annual People Place fundraiser runs Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take some time out to stop and smell the flowers, and help North Okanagan non-profit groups in the process.

The People Place is happy to announce the return of its spring fundraiser, the 18th annual People Place Garden Tour, Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There are eight gardens in this year’s tour,” said People Place manager trainee Melanie O’Hara-Hutchinson. “The event will feature a wide variety of gardens and views from places such as SilverStar, Foothills, Vernon, Coldstream and more.”

Tickets are $20 which includes a description of each of the eight gardens written in the homeowners’ words and a map.

They range from a newer hillside garden overlooking Swan Lake, to a country garden 50 years in the making. Some of the gardens will feature art/garden decor and volunteers will be at each one along the tour, which has something for everyone.

“Some of the homeowners like to be on hand as well to talk about their garden creations,” said O’Hara-Hutchinson.

All proceeds from the tour support the People Place, which provides affordable office and program space to non-profit agencies in the North Okanagan.

More volunteers are needed for the two shifts, 9 a.m. to noon, and noon to 3 p.m. Volunteers receive a ticket to take in the event before or after their shift.

“Since the first garden tour in 2001, this popular fundraiser has brought in more than $87,000 for the People Place, helping keep its rents as low as possible to allow agencies at the People Place to put their dollars into programming,” said former manager Elaine Collison, who recently retired but is still diligently volunteering.

Tour tickets are available at People Place, The Flower Spot Garden Centre, Swan Lake Market and Garden, Briteland Farm and Garden, Nicholas Alexander Home and Garden and Armstrong’s Blue Mountain Nursery.

For more information, call 250-558-6585, or email peopleplacesociety@gmail.com.

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