Flowers in Susan and Don Langstaff's garden

Flowers in Susan and Don Langstaff's garden

Creston Valley Garden Club hosting tours in Creston, Erickson, Kitchener

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  • Jun. 3, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Gardening enthusiasts can enjoy a close-up look at the work of local gardeners on June 11, when the Creston Valley Garden Club hosts its garden tour.

Six gardens in Creston and Erickson, and two in Kitchener will be part of the tour, which the club organizes every second year. The event is highly anticipated, not only by people wanting to tour, but by those wanting to show off their gardens.

“I’ve got one person who has already offered for next time,” said garden club representative Rhonda Kehler.

This year’s gardens (known only to ticket holders) differ in size, with larger ones out of town, and all have unique touches—one is terraced and another has a train.

Ticket holders who visit all eight and have their passport stamped at each will have the chance to win a gift certificate in a draw. It hasn’t been difficult to encourage them to head out of town, with only a half-dozen or so passports not submitted in the draw during the 2014 tour, which included two West Creston gardens.

And whatever the reason for joining the tour, it’s no surprise that ticket holders will find something to enjoy.

“For some, it’s a day to get out and relax, and others like to get ideas from what others do in their gardens,” said Kehler. “It’s inspiring in different ways for everyone.”

Gardens on the tour are open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $10, available at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and Black Bear Books. For $25, a bus tour of the gardens includes a light lunch; reservations must be made at the chamber.

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Gardens on the 2014 tour were:

Carmen and Ben Conn

Marion and Ross Evans

Susan and Don Langstaff

Morris Garden Centre

Carol and Pete Schloss

Jan and Jim Zacharias

Marilyn and Fred Smailes

Gardens on the 2012 tour were:

Gertie and Barrie Brown

Alison Masters and Dave Drennan

Jean WIlson

Marvin and June Walker

Jack and Marilyn McCrory

Wayside Gardens

Catherine and George Cairns