A dozen homes will be featured during the fourth annual Bexley House and Garden Tour, which begins with a preview event on Saturday, June 11. The official tour takes place on Sunday, June 12.

A dozen homes will be featured during the fourth annual Bexley House and Garden Tour, which begins with a preview event on Saturday, June 11. The official tour takes place on Sunday, June 12.

The event is run by the Bexley Women's Club. All proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund.

The preview tour starts at 4 p.m. Visitors can get a sneak peak at some of Bexley's "most beautiful homes and gardens," according to Mary Acree, publicity co-chair of the event.

Most homeowners will share glimpses of their homes during the preview event that will not be available on the Sunday tour.

Following the preview tour, there will be a celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Columbus School for Girls. The $50 preview ticket price includes musical entertainment and food. A cash bar will also be available.

Proceeds from this event provides scholarship funds for high school seniors who reside in Bexley and undergraduate college students nationwide.

Last year there were 14 stops on the tour and participants were unable to see all the homes, said Bev Sapienza, co-chair of the event. This year the tour has cut back to 12 homes.

"I think it (the tour) is special because Bexley has such a variety in architectural homes," said Sapienza. She added that the homes aren't "cookie cutter homes" and some are more traditional while others are more contemporary.

A new feature on the tour this year will be the presence of artists and landscape company representatives at some of the homes. They will be available to speak with visitors about the work they did for the homeowners.

Local restaurants will offer samples of their food along the tour.

One of the 12 homes on the tour is owned by Ben and Jen Thompson. Jen Thompson said she decided to put their property on the tour because they have made several upgrades recently while staying within the original square footage.

"We enjoy being on the tour mainly because it's our pleasure to share what can be accomplished using one's existing space," she said.

The other 11 homes on the tour include:

John Behal and Jim Elliott, 2546 Bexley Park Road.

Jason and Anna Dunn , 320 Westland Ave.

Brandon and Nichole Fahs, 168 S. Remington Road.

Marc and Margie Hollander , 2447 Seneca Park Place.

Joe Kuspan and Dorri Steinhoff, 2115 Clifton Ave.

Kevin and Julie Larrimer, 415 N. Drexel Ave. (garden only).

Rich and Kimarie Martin, 187 S. Cassingham Road.

Mike Gritzmacher and Ron Negron, 390 S. Parkview Ave.

445 N. Parkview Ave., Garden of Distinction.

Ed and Sheila Straub, 176 S. Stanwood (garden only).

Sapienza said 1,100 tickets were sold for last year's tour.

"We would like to increase that to 1,500," she said, "But we realize weather plays a big part in that." She suggested those planning to attend the event buy tickets in advance.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $15 and are available at www.bexleywomen.org or at Graeter's Ice Cream, She, and Radio Caf in Bexley. Same-day tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Columbus School for Girls.