By Gary Budzak
The Women’s City Club (WCC) of Delaware’s annual garden tour is a chance for those with green thumbs to get some ideas and learn some things.
“We have eight private gardens, and that might be the most we’ve ever had,” WCC member Sue Chaney told The Gazette. “I believe for the first time we have Delaware County Master Gardeners at each of those gardens. They can answer any type of questions.”
The tour takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. June 22, and starts at the WCC, 135 N. Franklin St. There, participants will pick up an illustrated tour guide that has a map and description of the gardens, which Chaney describes as “little hidden treasures” in the city.
“These gardens are gorgeous. There’s so much to look at,” Chaney said. “These gardeners are phenomenal. They put me to shame.”
The gardens are said to be within downtown Delaware, but driving may be the best way to see them all in time.
“It’s a self-guided tour, that way they can go at their own pace,” Chaney said. “They can spend as long as they want at any one garden. If they only want to go to a couple of the gardens, they can.”
Tickets cost $10; or $12 the day of the tour; 10 tickets are $75; and admission is free to children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Endangered Species Record Store; Fundamentals Book Store; Global Village and Oakland Nursery. The tour is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens/Big Hill.
The WCC is marking its 60th anniversary this year.
“One-hundred percent of the profits from this tour will go to help the WCC continue to provide safe, sustainable housing to low-income women in Delaware County,” said member Jo Ingles in an email. “The WCC is not government supported and relies solely on community contributions.”
For more information, visit www.wccdelaware.org.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.