Tim and Ashley Pitts, homeowners of 270 S. Dawson Ave., are among 11 residents whose properties will be featured on the 2016 Bexley House and Garden Tour.

Tim and Ashley Pitts, homeowners of 270 S. Dawson Ave., are among 11 residents whose properties will be featured on the 2016 Bexley House and Garden Tour.

Sponsored by the Bexley Women's Club as an annual fundraiser for scholarships, the tour will be held June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Pitts, who are the parents of five young children, said they decided to participate in this year's tour after completing an extensive renovation that included enclosing an outdoor area to create a spacious kitchen, as well as adding bedrooms and a mudroom, and giving their living space an overall update.

In addition to showcasing the renovations, the Pitts said they like the idea of raising money to help Bexley students.

"It's for a really good cause," Mr. Pitts said. "I figured, 'Why not? Let's let the neighborhood see it and let's raise some money.'"

Mrs. Pitts said she volunteered for the House and Garden Tour last year. One of the most interesting aspects of the tour, she said, is learning about the history of each property. She said the previous owners visited the home where she volunteered and offered additional details.

"It sort of gave me this whole other narrative" to share with other tour participants, she said. "That's what I love about it."

The tour not only showcases the history and unique features of individual homes, but also shines a light on the amenities that Bexley has to offer, said BWC President Jane Baldwin.

"It's a win-win for the city," she said. "We show what a great place it is."

"We also encourage people to go to the restaurants" and visit other local sites, added BWC recording secretary Bev Sapienza, one of the tour's organizers.

The House and Garden Tour attracts hundreds of visitors each year, with a significant number from other communities, Sapienza said.

"There are quite a few out-of-state people, too, because they're here visiting family," she said. "Last year, there were four or five different states represented and tens of cities in Ohio."

The House and Garden Tour has helped the BWC raise more than $450,000 and distribute more than 830 scholarships to Bexley students over the years, Baldwin said.

"We're giving 12 more $1,000 scholarships this year to graduating seniors," she said. "That's been our major project, and this is our major fundraiser."

Local artists will be featured throughout the tour, including watercolorists, vocalists and instrumentalists.

Advance tickets for the House and Garden Tour are $20 and are available until noon June 4 at Graeter's Ice Cream, the Bexley Coffee Shop, Bexley Natural Market, and Gledhill Robbins and Talis Group of HER Realtors.

Tickets are $25 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Columbus School for Girls Wellness & Athletics Complex, 65 S. Drexel Ave.

The House and Garden Tour also is seeking volunteers, who receive a free ticket for the tour.

For volunteer opportunities and more information, visit Bexleywomen.org.