St. Joe’s Presents Annual Alameda Garden Tour

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After hosting its first garden cocktail party on Friday evening, St. Joseph’s is presenting its annual garden tour and fund-raiser today starting at 11 a.m. The event continues until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

Tickets are still available for the tour ($25). Just visit the church at 1011 Chestnut St. The garden tour is being catered by Blue Dot Catering, and box lunches are available for $10. The church boutique, which sells handcrafted items, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“All the gardens are beautiful,” said the club’s publicity chair Kitty Long. “They are unique, relaxing and enjoyable to visit, as well as interesting.”

The club has been hosting the garden tour for the 17 years to benefit Catholic education (via scholarships) at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. Special parish projects also are supported by the tour, along with community causes like Ploughshares Nursery on Alameda Point.

“Each year we donate to a variety of groups,” said Long. “Some organizations that have benefited from the garden tour over the years are Meals on Wheels, along with Family Aid to Catholic Education, which helps with tuition and books, and other outreach efforts.”

Those participating in the six-garden tour will see lots of fresh succulents, plants that are able to survive drought by storing water in their leaves, stems and roots, at two homes. They will also be treated to some whimsical gardens, featuring charming and comical decorations and miniature ornaments.

The six homes that can be visited as part of the self-guided tour include residences on the Gold Coast, East End and other nearby areas of town. Some gardens have wisteria, Iceberg Roses, Japanese maples, orange trees, cherry trees, sage palms, lavender and other interesting plants and shrubs. Visitors will also see plants from around the world, including some from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Janet Levaux