Host Your Garden - How you too can participate with us:
Host Your Garden:
We are continuously looking for interesting and exciting gardens to show during our tour. If you are a homeowner and would like to have your garden included in our tour program, then we want to hear from you.
You can contact us directly or find out more by reviewing the information below:
The information below will assist you with answering some of the questions you might have and will provide quick access to the forms we would need you to fill out in order to become a Garden Host on our Water-Wise Garden Tour.
The Host Gardener will:
Present their garden in "showcase condition".
Be at home for the seven-hour (10:00am ? 5:00pm) event and be available to answer questions about your garden.
Agree that a description of their garden can be posted on this website, and that visitors can photograph your garden on the day of the tour.
Identify hazards such as loose path stones, hoses, garden tools, etc and resolve/remove these potential problems in advance of the tour. Store hazardous items in an area that is off-limits to tour guests.
Identify any other hazards such as wasp nests, or fragile structures, etc. Create and post signs for guest "off limits" areas or caution areas if needed.
Confine pets for both pet and guest safety.
Secure valuable property. Tour guests will not be permitted in your home. This will be stated on the web site.
Identify parking concerns.
Provide a small table on which to place the ticket basket, evaluation form and hand-outs, and one to two chairs for the garden volunteer greeter(s).
Place the garden tour sign at least one week in advance.
Wear your Water-Wise Garden Tour Host Badge on the day of the tour.
Label your native plants or drought tolerant plants. This will keep your guests informed and prevent them from asking the same questions over and over (what is this plant?)
Provide a copy of your native plant/drought tolerant plant list to the tour coordinator for publication on this website.
> Provide visitors with additional information specific to your garden. Examples of the types of information tour participants would enjoy include:
> Before and after photos of your garden;
> a laminated plan of the of the garden, or plant list that visitors can view.
> or a written description of how the garden was created.
The more information you provide, the more your visitors will enjoy the tour and your garden and the more your will enjoy the day also.
The following is provided to each garden host:
Garden Tour Badges for hosts and volunteers to wear on the day of the tour.
A garden tour sign for the front garden, and a sign for the check-in table.