Gardening column: Tour fills your senses in Richmond

Do you remember how it feels to stroll through beautiful gardens listening to birds singing, bees buzzing and colours filling all of your senses?

Richmond Garden Club and the City of Richmond have teamed up to present the 2017 Garden Tour here in Richmond as part of the Canada 150 celebration. 

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June 17, the day before Father’s Day, seven distinct and unique private gardens and one secret garden in a city park will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This self-guided tour will allow you to enjoy a variety of textures, colours and aromas of summer as well as acknowledging the incredible work gone into creating these special gardens.

Each garden has something different to offer visitors.

The highlight of one of the gardens is the beautiful Mediterranean container garden hidden in the backyard. You will definitely feel like you are sitting on a patio in a little town in Italy in this garden.

Another one of our gardens boasts a beautiful meandering stream running through a magnificent example of a Pacific Northwest garden with Japanese influence right in the middle of our city. 

A visit to Portugal is on the list of gorgeous gardens on the tour.

Enjoy the water features, Portuguese ornaments and exotic plants while strolling through this large sunny property! 

One of our gardens on the tour will fill your senses with all that is alive in our natural world!

A large country garden is located right next door to llamas and other farm animals. The many birds, bees and butterflies break the silence and add to the charm of the well-designed garden. 

If the weather cooperates you would want to visit our secret garden located in a six-acre city park.  Take time to enjoy the trails, forest, play ground and many perennial flower beds in this hidden gem included on our tour.

You can also visit Phoenix Perennials, 3380 No. 6 Road or Prickly Pear, 12311 No. 1 Road, to pick up your tickets.

Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.

All proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour will be donated to Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Be sure to bring your cameras and your notebooks for great ideas for your own garden!  We will see you there!

Lynda Pasacreta is the president of the Richmond Garden Club.  For more information visit

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