OPENING YOUR GARDEN
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.