Put your garden on display

Sooke Philharmonic Society seeking new gardens for 2012 garden tour

The Sooke Philharmonic Society is at it again — searching the region for beds of green treasures for the upcoming Secret Garden Tour.

“We have exhausted our own sources at this point, so we were just hoping there are people in the community who have a garden that they’d like to share or let us consider,” said Sue Hyslop, Sooke Philharmonic member.

“What we like to do is to go around in September and look at as many as we can and then make our selection from that list so that we have a comprehensive tour that represents different kinds of gardens.”

Hyslop said all sorts of gardens are welcome for consideration including city gardens, vegetable gardens, and gardens that focus on native plants or water features.

“We certainly want to have some very showy ones, but we also like new gardens to show people.”

The next Secret Garden Tour will be held on June 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Viewers will travel through 10 gardens in the community, and all proceeds will go to the Sooke Philharmonic Society.

The submission deadline is in mid-October to ensure a proper viewing of gardens before the winter frost takes over.

“We like to see their potential, and we have a better idea at this time of year than if we waited too much longer.”

To submit a garden for consideration, contact Hyslop at bshy@shaw.ca or 250-642-1397.

For more information, visit: www.sookesecretgardens.com