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Ottawa Hills 25th Annual Garden Tour

Picture of garden in Ottawa Hills
Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association

The flowers are in full bloom and there’s no better place to see them than at the Ottawa Hills annual garden tour.  That from organizers of the tour.  It’s a self-guided tour that starts off at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary on Iroquois.   

The Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association is celebrating its 25th annual Garden Tour.  Gardens large and small are on display.

“It started back in 1993, and has been growing steadily and getting larger every year. “

Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association President and tour volunteer, Fred Davison says there’s lots to see and even a few tips to be shared along the way.  Especially as it relates to growing a garden in the shade.

“And so you’ll have a chance to see what our neighbors have used during the years to combat the shade aspect of their gardening. And the gardens are of all sizes.  And so what people really enjoy, is coming into the neighborhood. They’ve got ideas of their own gardens and they see what other people have done and incorporating those when they go home.”

Not only will visitors get their fill of the beautiful gardens… but the event will also host a variety of musical entertainment as well.

“We’ve got the Northern Strings Dolcimers playing, a strolling bagpiper and cellist will be featured and  from 11 to 1 we’ve got Noel Webley and his jazzy friends.”

The 25th Annual Garden Tour is free and open to the public.

The event takes place this Saturday, June 16th from 9am to 1 pm.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.