A totem stands guard at the entrance to the Newman property

Secret Garden Tour set for Sunday

Fundraiser for Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra sure to please gardeners

Edith and Victor Newman’s gardens are open for those who take part in the Sooke Secret Garden Tour on June 3 in and around Sooke. The event is a fundraiser for the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Members of the SPO will be performing during the garden tour in various locations. Tickets available at Double D Garden and both drug stores.

The Newman’s garden has over 75 native plants and fencing made from downfall. They have also created a composting “fence” along with many other natural ways to deal with debris.

A berm on the waterfront was created in the 1970s to keep storms out as was a carved First Nations structure at the water’s edge. A handcarved totem takes command at the front entrance to the property.

The Children’s Garden Club members will be on hand giving out information at the charming playhouse.

The Blue Raven Gallery will be open to visitors.