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WHNO presenting ‘More Dirty Little Secrets’ garden tour

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Residential, commercial and public gardens will be featured in the West Hill Neighborhood Organization’s garden tour June 15, including this garden on Cloverdale Avenue that features a pond, shown at left.
Photo courtesy of the West Hill Neighborhood Organization
WEST AKRON — The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) has dug up even more dirt in the neighborhood, literally, to present “More Dirty Little Secrets” June 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.

More Dirty Little Secrets is a garden tour, which has been presented on and off since about 2000, and follows the WHNO’s “Dirty Little Secrets Garden Tour” of years past, according to WHNO officials. The tour includes seven residential and four public gardens hidden throughout the West Hill neighborhood, according to Rich Hoselton, who is co-chairing the tour with Bruce Danfur.

Hoselton said the garden tour will offer some unique stops. Some of the gardens will feature live music by bands such as RiverFall, James Marron, The Help and the Kyle Magilavy Jazz Combo, while others will present living statuary provided by Neos Dance Theatre. One of the featured gardens on the tour is owned by artist Don Drumm and his wife, Lisa. In addition to sharing his garden, Don Drumm also will autograph the WHNO flag designs he created under his magnolia tree.

Hoselton added that one garden on the tour is located in the area’s historic district on Oakdale Avenue, and at the Walnut community garden, guerilla gardening will be discussed.

Guests on the garden tour are also being invited to participate in a scavenger hunt to find “dirty little secrets.” Each of the homes has a hidden something to be found by participants, with a prize of an autographed Don Drumm flag to be raffled off, according to Hoselton. Participants also can compete for a prize by wearing the best garden hat along the tour, as selected by WHNO officials.

The final stop of the tour is a garden party with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Scott Sella’s floral design shop, Every Blooming Thing, located at 1079 W. Exchange St.

The garden tour will begin and end in the parking lot of the Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St.

“This is a great way to kick off the Father’s Day weekend and have some fun,” said Hoselton.

Participants can take advantage of the trolleys running through the footprint of the garden tour or take a leisurely self-guided stroll using the map found in the event program. Hoselton said the tour takes about two hours.

Tickets are $15, and children younger than 10 can attend for free with a paid adult. The tickets are commemorative buttons honoring one of the West Hill neighborhood flags designed by Don Drumm.

Garden tour buttons, flags and T-shirts will be available to purchase beforehand at Every Blooming Thing or online at www.whno.org/gpE/Shop.

Flags, buttons and T-shirts also will be available the day of the event in the parking lot of the library.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/westhillneighborhood.

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