Ottawa Hills garden tour to benefit preschoolWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
An Ottawa Hills garden tour on June 18 will benefit a local preschool.
Toledo Day Nursery’s 16th annual “In Another Garden” tour will showcase nine gardens in Ottawa Hills. Eight of the gardens are at personal residences and one is at The Woodlands at Sunset House retirement community, said Pat Scheuer, executive director of Toledo Day Nursery.
“They’re really all dig-in-the-dirt gardens,” Scheuer said. “A lot of times people have landscapers do it, but not these.”
Tickets and shuttles will be available at St. Ursula Academy, 4025 Indian Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased at local garden centers and greenhouses, including Bensell’s Greenhouse, Black Diamond, Creque’s Greenhouse, Emery’s Flowers & Co., Hoen’s Greenhouse, Keith Brooks Florist, Ken’s Flower Shop, Lily’s at Levis, Rhodes Garden Fresh and Schramm’s Flowers.
It typically takes about three hours to complete the tour, but participants can take as little or as much time as they like, Scheuer said. The shuttles run in continuous loops.
Musicians and vocal groups will perform throughout the day. There will also be boutique vendors at St. Ursula and other points in the tour selling handmade wares, including hand-blown glass, purses, jewelry, bird feeders and more, Scheuer said.
Between 700 and 800 garden enthusiasts participate in the tour each year, Scheuer said. All attendees will be entered into a free raffle for a garden bench.
Last year’s event raised $20,000 for Toledo Day Nursery, which has three locations in Toledo. It is Ohio’s oldest child care program, celebrating its 140th anniversary this year.
To get the first look at the gardens, a preview event is set for 5 p.m. June 16 at Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St. The event, a thank-you to the gardeners who opened their homes to the tour, will feature cocktails and dinner followed by a tour of the gardens. Cost is $75. For more information, visit www.toledodaynursery.org.