Clintonville Open Garden Tour

Entrants sought for expanded event

The organizers of the Clintonville Open Garden Tour are expanding to three dates this year and are seeking volunteers who want their gardens considered for the events.

Last year's inaugural tour took place in mid-July, with 17 property owners in Clintonville offering gardens for display.

The event was the joint brainchild of Karen Torvik, Michael Shifrin and Pat Rugola.

"Last year, many visitors felt they couldn't see all of the gardens in a single day," Torvik said. "By expanding the tour, people will be able to view more gardens at a more-leisurely pace."

While the first of the three tours is not scheduled until May 19, the deadline for having landscapes or gardens considered for inclusion is April 19.

"The landscapes/gardens will be gently juried in order to have a di-verse and comprehensive tour," Torvik wrote in announcing the expanded program. "The tour is limited to Clintonville's boundaries and is open to non-commercial spaces only."

Rugola, Shifrin and Torvik seek 12 to 15 participants for each of the tours.

The other two dates are June 15, with a deadline for possible participants of May 17, and July 14, with a participant deadline of June 15.

The tours will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

"Green spaces that offer a unique aspect, creative use of plants or space, or interesting plant material are primary goals of the tour," the announcement reads. "We would also welcome urban-farming submissions, including vegetable plots or chicken growers."

"We want it to be different and interesting to see," Torvik said at last week's Clintonville Area Commission meeting. "We really want diverse gardens."

Interested gardeners may call 614-267-6662, 614-262-5451 or 614-262-3010 or can email in order to have a registration form sent to them.

A name and phone number should be included in the email.