2017 will be the final Samaritan House Secret Garden Tour. A perennial tradition enjoyed by many on the Central Coast will celebrate its final tour on Sunday, June 25. The farewell Samaritan House Secret Garden Tour will feature seven gardens in the Newport area. The afternoon will showcase a variety of landscapes and planting styles, inspiring both novices and experts alike. At a cost of $25, participants will tour the gardens from Noon to 5pm while they listen to live music at each location and pause to enjoy food and wine at select gardens.
One of the Garden Tour’s strengths has been showcasing diverse styles of gardening and this year is no exception. Guests will tour an adaptive garden suitable for handicap gardeners, see a straw bale vegetable garden that produces a bountiful yield in a small space, and enjoy terraced landscapes that make the most of the sloped environment common to the coast. Expect to see unique rock work, an assortment of garden art and fantastic views of the Yaquina Bay Bridge during the course of the day.
Last year thanks to the donors, sponsors, volunteers and garden owners Samaritan House raised over $11,000.00 for their programs and operations. Preceding the Secret Garden Tour this Saturday is the Samaritan House Gala dinner and Auction at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn. The Secret Garden Tour and the gala and auction support the mission of Samaritan House to shelter, educate and guide homeless families toward independent living. Tickets for both events this weekend and next are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.