Flagler flower fans will be able to view some of the community’s most notable landscapes in style on the Garden Tour 2019 in October.
It’s been a while since The Garden Club at Palm Coast has taken plant lovers on a tour of the town — seven years, in fact.
But flower fans will be able to view some of the community’s most notable landscapes in style on the Garden Tour 2019 on Oct. 19.
Selecting eight homes in Palm Coast for the tour, Jane Villa-Lobos and Nancy Iandoli, event co-chairs, are ready to wow would-be gardeners.
Focusing on gardens that offer the greatest plant diversity, design and curb appeal, the 2019 selections are giving those who do their own gardening the spotlight this year.
“We have several couples in their 80s who actually do most of the work themselves,” said Villa-Lobos. “This year’s gardens feature bromeliads, orchids, tropical and butterfly plants, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, whimsical art and water features to name a few.
“(We) are excited to be able to share these beautiful gardens with fellow gardeners to give them ideas on what types of plants grow in this area,” she said.
Billed as a "walk and wander" tour, guests will have the opportunity to talk with homeowners, who will be available to answer any questions, along with garden club volunteers who will be at each stop. Three of the locations will offer refreshments with water, iced tea, lemonade, muffins and cookies as part of the experience.
Adding a new element to the revived garden tour, the club is offering a bus tour for a lucky 24 who purchase tickets early, according to Villa-Lobos. The $30 ticket price includes the tour and transportation, which leaves from Wild Birds Unlimited in Palm Coast.
For those who like to linger, they can drive their own vehicle or car pool with fellow guests for $20. Booklets provided with ticket purchase offer a brief introduction to each garden along with a tour map.
Funds raised from the tour help support the club’s community-based activities, said Villa-Lobos.
“The profit from the tour supports many of our community outreach programs, such as the sensory garden and planting along the trails at Whispering Meadows Ranch in Flagler Beach and our gardening program at Old Kings Elementary School," she said. "We provide plants and assist students in grades K-12 on how to plant vegetables and herbs in their raised beds and butterfly garden.”