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Lafayette Garden Club To Hold Lamorinda Garden Tour


The Lafayette Garden Club will hold its first garden tour in many years on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm at a series of five unique, private gardens in Lamorinda. The tour, Artful Gardens, also will include a pop- up market and a plant sale.

“The tour can give you good ideas of what you might want to do in your garden, to learn about new plants, and to have a fun day out with friends and family,” said Laurie Callaway, tour co-chair and, a certified garden designer. The tour’s co-chairs also include Laurie Reich, Melinda Flanders, and Chris VollChernin.

The gardens were selected for their variety of design, plant material and, garden features, she noted. The tour includes a sculpture garden with new discoveries around every corner, a hillside garden with wit and whimsy, a lush paradise with a meandering stream, an expansive family retreat designed for social and intimate gatherings, and an artist’s personal creation filled with extensive plant varieties and rustic antiques. Each garden reflects the unique personality of the owner and displays a range of the artistic and practical as well as the sophisticated and playful.

When asked why the garden club, which started in 1970, decided to have a tour this spring after a long absence, Callaway said, “We felt it was an opportunity for members to get involved and have some fun.” Tour proceeds will benefit local schools and Lafayette beautification projects.

The pop-up market, which will be located at one of the gardens, will offer a wide selection from local artisans featuring jewelry, ceramics, botanical art and specialty food items. The plant sale will include specimens propagated by club members.

The tour of four Lafayette gardens and one in Orinda is self-directed. Visitors can drive to three and there will be shuttles to the other two. The starting point will be designated on the tickets. Tax-deductible tickets may be purchased at The Lazy K at Orchard Nursery in Lafayette or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and check to the Lafayette Garden Club, P. O. Box 294, Lafayette, CA 94549. They also may be purchased online at the club’s website lafayettegardenclub.com . Tickets cost $40 or $35 each when four or more are purchased. Tickets are limited and the tour will take place rain or shine.

For further information: Carolyn Poetzsch (925) 285-6651 cpoetzsch@gmail.com

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