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Ottawa Hills to host 25th annual garden tour this Saturday

Festivities this weekend will include garden yoga for adults and kids, food available for purchase, music and guided architectural walking tours.
A photo from the 2016 Ottawa Hills Garden Tour.

A photo from the 2016 Ottawa Hills Garden Tour. /Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association

A photo from the 2016 Ottawa Hills Garden Tour.

A photo from the 2016 Ottawa Hills Garden Tour. /Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association

The Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association invites you to its 25th Annual Garden Tour, when we open some of our lovely yards to the public. Gardens large and small, sunny and shady, are visited by hundreds of admirers. Some gardens are designed and manicured and many others are ‘works-in-progress’, but we never fail to have all who walk through our tree-lined streets enjoy our neighborhood and friendly residents.

“This year’s Garden Tour is a special event; not only has it been in existence for 25 years, but it shows the very best of this community’s spirit of co-operation and appreciation for their neighbors and gardening,” said Fred Davison, President of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association. “We celebrate the beginning of summer and the pleasure of walking a neighborhood that cares for its friends and property. Welcome and enjoy the beauty and jazz music by Noel Webley and His Jazzy Friends during your visit.”

"Not only the 25 gardens, but the entire Ottawa Hills neighborhood is looking its best for this weekend," said Howard Slenk, Ottawa Hills Gardener.

Rain or shine, the event's FREE line-up includes:

Garden Yoga by AM Yoga at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School for adults and kids 8 - 9 a.m. (bring your own mat)

Great food (for purchase), including Schuil Coffee, Walking Weiner & Pinkie's Ice Cream

Sierra Club children’s activities and information

Live music featuring Noel Webley & His Jazz Friends from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m

The Northern Strings Dulcimers, strolling bagpiper, cellist and possibly more 9 – 11 a.m.

Guided architectural walking tour from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (full)

Private guided architectural van tour from 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. for our neighbors from Clark Retirement Community on Franklin

Due to demand, another guided architectural walking tour from 4 p.m - 5:15 p.m. (register here)

 

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