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patriciac3
Nov 10, 2016 5:26 PM CST
In the spring, I am planning to have a little garden "tour" to show off my garden to my friends. What can I do to make this fun and memorable?
I live in zone 5. My gardens include a small fruits orchard, a rose garden adjacent to a garden under a basswood tree, and an iris river garden.
Thanks for your ideas!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2016 5:54 PM CST
Welcome!

Sounds wonderful. I want to see pictures!

I would make it a garden party by invitation only. Tables or benches, fancy tablecloths, cookies or hors d'oeuvres and lemonade (or wine). That way, people can stroll or sit and admire. AND you won't be opening your yard to anybody who might want to 'case' your place.
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plantmanager
Nov 10, 2016 6:18 PM CST
That sounds like so much fun! Definitely have it invitation only like Daisy mentioned. Set hours too. Do have refreshments, and plenty of trash cans ready for the litter. Are your plants named? I love tours where I can know just what the plants are. If you have time, you could root cuttings of some of your plants so people could take home a bit of your garden.

Please do take pics and share them with us!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Great idea. In my extended family, the host/hostess always give the guests gifts as they leave . Rooted cuttings of some of your plants in cute pots would be just the right gift for your friends.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Hi patricia3c, Welcome!
Your gardens sound really pretty and I too would love to see photos! I agree with the ideas Daisy suggested and can't think of much to add but since it's a garden setting you could make inexpensive centerpieces for each table by using mason jars or containers found at yard sales or thrift stores, or even cleaned tin cans! Purchase a yard of burlap or a pretty floral fabric at JoAnn's or Walmart, you may even be able to find inexpensive remnants of fabric. Cover the jars/cans/containers with the fabric and tie with a simple ribbon. Fill the containers part way with water and add a flower or two from your garden, along with a twig or greenery and you have a pretty centerpiece!

Another idea would be to make miniature arrangements to use as place settings for each guest to take when the party ends. If you know someone with a baby, have them save baby food jars for your project, or any small container will work. Wrap each little jar or container in burlap (you can usually purchase it by the yard at JoAnn's or a fabric store) or remnants of pretty floral fabric as with a regular centerpiece. Tiny jars would hold a single bloom and maybe a sprig or two of greenery; just cut the stems short enough to fit.
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lakesidecallas
Nov 11, 2016 6:34 AM CST
Maybe a little soft music as they stroll through the gardens, or one of those cds with ocean, bird, or other noises. Somehow when I envision walking through your lovely gardens I hear tinkling bells or wind chimes.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2016 9:33 AM CST
lakesidecallas said: Somehow when I envision walking through your lovely gardens I hear tinkling bells or wind chimes.

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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 11, 2016 11:45 AM CST
Hi and welcome @patriciac3 Your idea for a garden 'tour' sounds lovely. Please let us know what part of the world your gardens are in?

There is a place in your personal profile for this information, and then henceforth all your posts will have your location in the upper right corner.
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