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Park Hills Revives Garden Tour with Fun-Filled, Two-Day Event

The garden tour returns to Park Hills to show off residents' hard work.

Karen Oberjohn is the event chair for the Park Hills Garden Tour and said this revived tour will be a fundraiser for the Park Hills Civic Association.

"We have a new board of Directors, and they are doing a knockout job of scheduling events and being a part of the community," she said. "Our almost-monthly events are funded by our citizens. The garden tour is to help gather resources to keep up the momentum. Plus, Park Hills is such a beautiful place. Cincinnati Magazine voted it one of the ten top best-kept secret beautiful neighborhoods back in 2003."

People can go on the website, www.parkhillsgardentour.com, and see all the activities that are packed into the two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets purchased online come with a $2 discount. On the day of the event, the price will be $15.

Thirteen different private gardens will be showcased on the tour.

The flower beds at Trolley Park will also be open for viewing, and there will be lots of activities for families.   

Under tents, there will be gardening workshops with topics such as raising succulents, raising chickens, and beekeeping. A working beekeeper will be on hand to answer questions, and Danny G's Honeybees will be on hand with honey that people can buy. There will also be food trucks and vendors with frozen treats, and two different breweries, Bircus and Braxton, serving suds.   

An artisan fair, with 15 local artisans, will also be on display.

The event is teaming up with the newly launched Devou Cycle to offer half-priced bike rentals with the purchase of a garden tour ticket.

"Rain or shine, we will have the event," said Oberjohn. "We might even have a misting fan."

People can park in the Covington Catholic High School lot and be shuttled to Trolley Park. For those who don't want to walk the tour, a "nun trolley", donated by the Sisters of Notre Dame, will be available.

Some realtors will also have open houses usually from 12 to 2 p.m., so in some cases people can tour the houses in addition to the gardens.

"I am not a very good gardener," Oberjohn admitted, "but I appreciate other people's gardens. The ones on the tour are full of diversity, small, magnificent, majestic. It is going to be a great time. And if it is successful, we will talk about doing it again. I think events like these are really important for a community because it helps everyone work together."

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor