The Host Gardener will:
- Present your garden in “showcase condition”.
- Be at home for the seven-hour (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) event and be available to answer
questions about your garden.
- Agree that a description of your garden can be posted on the 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 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 greeter(s).
- Place the garden tour sign at least one week in advance.
- Wear your host Water-Wise Garden Tour 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 the website.
- Optional: 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 for 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.