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Sooke Secret Garden Tour set to bloom

Sooke Philharmonic concert June 2 highlights tour
Flowers are abloom on property at 1775 Connie Rd., part of the Sooke Secret Garden Tour in June 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lovers of classical music, beautiful gardens in bloom, and artists at work can sample their passions at the Sooke Secret Garden Tour.

“The Sooke Philharmonic Society is thrilled to announce the much-awaited return of the annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour after a four-year pause,” said Bonnie Sprinkling, garden tour coordinator for the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The highly anticipated event offers a delightful opportunity for gardening enthusiasts, as well as music and art lovers alike, to immerse themselves in the beauty and serenity of some of the most captivating gardens in Sooke.”

The tour promises an opportunity to journey through garden landscapes, each boasting a unique design, Sprinkling said. Participants can explore a diverse array of eight gardens and three unique destinations, from sprawling sanctuaries to intimate urban oases, all cultivated by passionate gardeners within the community.

Special destinations will feature the Sooke Region Museum, Artisans Garden, and Woodside Farms, with some garden owners having plants for sale.

There’s also the opportunity to harvest ideas, obtain guidance, and exchange tips with members of the Victoria Master Gardeners Association.

“This event is not only a celebration of gardens, but also an opportunity to enjoy the music of the Sooke Philharmonic, conducted by Yariv Aloni, and view the work of artists from the community,” Sprinkling said.

The tour will showcase local gardens filled with music by members of the Sooke Philharmonic and friends. It will also include the Sooke Arts Arts Council’s Plein Air event, which features local artists creating works of art in the open air.

The garden tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 and June 2, followed by an outdoor garden concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

Organizers suggest bringing a chair or blanket for the concert.

All proceeds from the garden tour support keeping music performance and wellness accessible in the community.

Tickets are available by cash only at Pharmasave Sooke, 6716 Westcoast Rd., and by cash or Etransfer on the day of the tour at Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Rd.

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