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Gardens Galore Set for Sunday

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The 20th-annual event Gardens Galore will take place on Sunday, May 18, and includes six gardens, as well as a crafts boutique near Saint Joseph Basilica, which hosts the annual affair.

The church’s Garden Club was formed in 1992, and two years late, its members organized a garden tour.

“The gardens are always beautiful, and there’s something for everyone with small and large gardens, as well as cozy and opulent gardens, too,” shared Kitty Long, publicity chair for the event. “This year, there is one on the lagoon that is very different and was part of our original tour!”

“It’s become a spring-time tradition in Alameda,” said Long. “People going on the self-guided tour get a box lunch and really enjoy themselves.”

A garden-tour boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the church. Hand-crafted items for sale include jewelry, glassware and linens. In addition, there will be jams and jellies, as well as food items made by Bay Area chef Narsai Michael David.

Many community members who join the tour are looking for ideas on how to spruce up their own garden, according to Long. “People love to see pretty gardens, and the flowers are just gorgeous at this time of year.”

Some gardens have fountains, many include trees, shrubs and native plants, and all have colorful flowers, she adds.

The parish aims to sell over 400 tickets, which can be bought in advance at Daisy’s, 1347 Park St., and Thomsen’s Garden Center, 1113 Lincoln Ave. On Sunday, tickets can be bought at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St.

“It’s a fun event and proceeds go to scholarship funds at St. Joseph Elementary and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, so children can attend these schools,” Long explained.

If You Go: St. Joseph Garden Tour & Boutique; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, May 18; 1011 Chestnut St.; $20-$25 for tour; $10 for lunch.

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Janet Levaux