Gar­den tour ven­tures fur­ther afield

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

A pop­u­lar gar­den tour is ven­tur­ing fur­ther afield this year as it looks to raise vi­tal funds for a Marl­bor­ough church.

The Be­yond Town Gar­den Tour will take place in the Ra­paura, Grove­town and Rarangi ar­eas, out­side Blen­heim, as or­gan­is­ers look to give their week­end event a more ru­ral flavour.

The St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church gar­den tour com­mit­tee has been work­ing hard for months in prepa­ra­tion for the event this Fri­day and Satur­day.

Co-or­gan­iser Gil­lian Mutch says many of the gar­dens in this year’s self-di­rected tour have opened es­pe­cially for the tour.

‘‘The fo­cus is out of town this year and there are a range of beau­ti­ful gar­dens to see ... Own­ers have kindly agreed to share their loved gar­dens to help raise funds for St An­drew’s church and we are very grate­ful.

‘‘It should be a won­der­ful tour,’’ she says.

Nine gar­dens fea­ture in the tour, rang­ing from cot­tage-style to sea­side gar­dens and or­chards. Some gar­den hosts also of­fer re­fresh­ments on the way round and a craft and book stall, Gil­lian says.

Devon Nurs­ery, on Old Ren­wick Rd, will host a hang­ing bas­ket event to teach vis­i­tors how to make one for them­selves.

Tick­ets are $15 each and can be bought at Rose­lands, Selmes Trust and Devon Gar­den cen­tres, Cress­well’s Shoes and at the St An­drew’s church of­fice.

The tour be­gins at 10am and fin­ishes at 4pm.

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