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This Weekend: Park Hills Garden Tour Offers Fun for All

The Park Hills Civic Association returns this weekend with its second Garden Tour.

This year, the organizers promise a bigger and better event.

The two-day tour of residential gardens and activities takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., with tickets $15 each. Children under 12 are free.

In total, there are 12 gardens to tour, rain or shine.

Visitors can park at Notre Dame Academy on Dixie Highway and take a bus to Trolley Park, courtesy of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

"It's kind of a hop on, hop off trolley tour," said Karen Oberjohn, who is helping to organize the tour. "We have two unusual gardens, a Victory garden carefully tended by the family since 1944, and an estate which has been in existence since 1922."

The Victory garden has been tended for years by the family of Mrs Carol Ann Whitehead since the second world war. Whitehead continues to grow food from the plot and can the produce.  The only difference is now Whitehead has a solar powered deer proof fence now.

The 9.5-acre estate was the homestead of D. Collins Lee, one of the original developers of Park Hills. Now the estate is owned by Dr Sigmund Sugarman. The pathways feature art, inspired by European artworks, and wind through the trees and the sculpture gardens, ending in a view of the Cincinnati skyline.

"There is also a stop that is special," said Oberjohn. "A gazebo that was built by a disabled Eagle Scout and his dad is one of the first stops.  There are walking trails all around the gazebo."

At Trolley Park there will be tents set up with all kinds of activities, including mini-workshops on topics such as deer-proofing, raising honeybees, and conserving butterflies. There will also be a topic that deals with vermiculture, or worm composting.

There will also be food trucks, an artisan and farmer's market, beer and bourbon, and an ask-the-expert tent for those questions about gardening that are exceptionally perplexing.

Children's activities include face-painting, real-life fairies, and seed-planting where the child can take home their creation.

All proceeds will go back to the Park Hills Civic Association. For information about the event, pre-sale tickets, and a sign up to be a volunteer, go to the website www.ParkHillsGardenTour.com.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo provided (take by Nathalie Hue)