There are numerous home gardeners, young and old, experienced and not-so experienced, living in town. On Aug. 10, Goldenites will have a chance to explore a select number of local gardens as part of an edible garden tour.
Joyce deBoer, an avid gardener, is organizing the tour in partnership with Wildsight and the Golden Food Bank. Last year, gardens were visited as a structured tour, but this year’s event will give the attendees the ability to choose how they view the various gardens.
“I thought, this way, people could move at their own pace,” deBoer said. “If there is a garden that they are less interested in, they could move on without affecting the rest of the group.”
The day will begin at 10 a.m. when maps will be distributed at the Golden Museum. Gardens will be available for viewing until noon, and again from 1-4 p.m., with a break for lunch in between. Participants will receive discounts at a few local shops with their tickets.
Each garden promises to be an educational experience for all, whether they are experienced gardeners looking for a couple of small tips, or keen first timers who need a little bit more help and advice.
However, deBoer hopes it will be much more than that.
“This is an opportunity for people to become inspired and to see what people have been doing under the same circumstances, the same light, and soil conditions,” deBoer said.
Food and eating locally are two things deBoer places a great deal of importance on, which is why she started the event in the first place.
“Food is a way to connect people…I’m not a big fan of mega-anything, so (it’s always good) if we can find ways to eat more locally,” she said.
Tickets for the tour are $10 and are available for purchase at the museum the day of th event.