German Village Gazette

Merion Village Garden Tour

Event is about much more than plants and flowers

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Sharon Brady poses for a portrait in her backyard garden June 12. Brady's garden will be featured as part of the Merion Village Garden Tour Sunday June 22.

The 15th annual Merion Village Garden Tour will feature a diversity of styles, offering guests a look at beautiful arrangements and also tips for their own gardening needs.

But the tour also will offer many other activities, from an ice cream social to a scavenger hunt, said spokeswoman Sharon Brady, whose house also is on the tour.

"There are a nice variety of things to do," Brady said. "It's not just gardens."

The tour, sponsored by the Merion Village Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

It is free and open to the public. Visitors can visit the gardens in no particular order.

Addresses for the tour, which includes four community highlights -- Moeller Park, Hal & Al's, St. Leo Roman Catholic Church and Merion Village Dental, are:

* Moeller Park, 281 Hanford St.

* 391 Frebis Ave.

* Hal & Al's, 1297 Parsons Ave.

* St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 322 Stewart Ave.

* 154 E Gates St.

* 106 E Gates St.

* 34 E Gates St.

* Merion Village Dental, 1250 S. High St.

* 80 Hanford St.

* 160 Hanford St.

* 1308 S. 4th St.

* 1300 S. 4th St.

* 86 Frebis Ave.

* 1557 S. High St.

"The really nice thing this year they are relatively clustered in a small area," Brady said.

Moeller Park will be the center of activity, where Mike Hogan of the Ohio State University Extension will answer questions about garden pests and prevention, and how to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Local Matters, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy eating, and to buy and grow foods locally, also will be in Moeller Park.

The park has recently received several beautiful new planters, as well as playground equipment.

Special gardening-related activities for children will be held there, making it a family destination.

The scavenger hunt is returning this year, where participants compete for prizes.

Those interested can sign up at Hal & Al's. A food truck and food cart "hop" will be set up in a lot adjacent to the tavern.

An ice cream social will be held at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, 221 Hanford St.

TY Fine Furniture, 106 E. Moler St., at the northwest corner of Fourth and Moler streets, will be offering wine and cheese, tour brochures complete with maps and restroom facilities.