After months of planning, the Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour is just a few days away – Saturday June 23, rain or shine. There will be a brief kick-off ceremony at 9:15 at 2 Twenty Eighth Street, followed by Helen Battersby’s free presentation, Eat your Garden. Then, at 10:00 AM, all 37 of the gardens will be open to the public. At 1:00 PM, Jennifer Arnott will be delivering another free presentation, Turn one plant into two or more! at Thrive Organic Kitchen, 3473 Lake shore Blvd West, where you can also buy a great plant-based lunch. There are plenty of other great lunch choices as well. My personal faves include Tasty Korea, right at Twenty Seventh and Lake Shore, Woody’s Burgers at 3795 Lake Shore Blvd W and 850 Degrees Pizza, at 3455 Lake Shore.
There is still time to get your free map for the tour. They’re available at many businesses along the Lakeshore – just look for the poster in the window. I just dropped a batch up to Silver Lion Framing on the south side of Lakeshore between Twenty Seventh and Twenty Fifth Street. You can see a full listing of businesses which have stocked posters on the website. There will also be some in the Twenty Seventh Street book box in front of 15 Twenty Seventh right up until tour day. As well, there will be signs around the community pointing to gardens. Every participating garden will have a blue sign on the property.
Tuffy P and I will be poking around our gardens all week. Of course the weeds continue to grow, but we’re sprucing things up as best we can around here.
The backyard is a bird paradise right now. As well as the house sparrow colony, there are a family of starlings, lots of robins and cardinals, and two young mourning doves, grackles, an occasional house finch and there have been Baltimore orioles enjoying the choke cherries.
If you’re out enjoying the garden tour, please be sure to say hi when you get to our place. I’ll likely be out back picking the banjo.