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If you’re plan­ning on be­ing a host for the first time, here are a few tips: • Week­end days are the busiest. You could have a cou­ple hun­dred peo­ple go through your gar­den if you’re open all day. Week­days and evenings are qui­eter. • Be­ing a host can be tir­ing. You may be up on your feet iden­ti­fy­ing plants and an­swer­ing ques­tions for most of the time you’re open. Pace your­self. Some­times, open­ing for two or three hours on two or three days is eas­ier than open­ing for an en­tire day. • You are NOT ex­pected to pro­vide wash­rooms or tele­phones to vis­i­tors. That’s what dough­nut shops and cell­phones are for. Pets are often stressed out by vis­i­tors com­ing and go­ing, so think about let­ting Fido or Garfield spend the time in the house. • Try to talk a neigh­bour or two (or three) into join­ing you in open­ing their gar­den. Clus­ters of gar­dens that are open at the same times at­tract more vis­i­tors, es­pe­cially those who like to walk or bike be­tween gar­dens. And, yes, I will be open­ing my own small city gar­den. If I can do it, you can.

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