"The event started five years ago when we were looking for ways to raise funds to pay for beautification projects along Main Street," event co-organizer Jan Stapp said. The BBWV has sponsored many beautification projects in Brazil over the years, but they are most recognized for the Main Street flower pots. "We knew of several gorgeous gardens, and there hadn't been a garden tour in the area before that we knew of, so we decided to do a garden tour."
On this year's tour people will be able to visit three local gardens, each with a distinct flare all its own, in and around the Brazil area.
"Each of the gardens is so unique and so creative that everyone visiting them will leave with some type of new idea for their own garden at home," Stapp said.
Katrina's Garden of Eden is located at the home of Howard and Katrina Hughes at 1868 W. CR 800 N, Brazil. This garden spot, blooming with personality and serenity, is a place where the hustle and bustle of the outside world falls away. Don't miss the creative and unique tablescapes with various themes on display at this home.
The Bloom Box Plays On is located at the Zeller-Tillman Historic Home and belongs to the Scott and Ann Tillman family at 614 N. Meridian St. This family-friendly garden space is bursting with lots of colors and an energy that invites visitors to have a seat by the wishing well and let the large pond gurgle away the sound of the city.
An Acre and an Avid Gardener is the off-the-beaten path garden owned by Joyce Jensen at 3602 W. CR 950 N, Brazil. This garden is a free-spirited work of art by a self-proclaimed "garden painter" with an eye for country charm and an added touch of dramatic beauty.
"This year we have something new to the garden tour," Stapp said, explaining that, after visiting the gardens, people can stop by Forest Park for demonstrations and other attractions. "There will be demonstrations of creative ideas about painting garden art, container gardening and stamping and scrapbooking garden style."
A marketplace will also be at the park featuring craftsmen, artists, herbalists and merchants displaying and selling their unique wares throughout the day. Lemonade and cookies will also be available at the park and people can sign up for door prizes which will be given away during the day.
"The proceeds are always used for beautification projects within Brazil," Stapp said. "But due to a slight budget crunch, this year's ticket sales will be used to cover the cost for placing the flower pots along Main Street."
The non-refundable tickets for the event are $5 each and may be purchased in advance at Sugar N' Spice Florist located at 234 E. National Ave., Sugar Ridge Nursery on South SR 59 and The Brazil Times. The tickets, which serve as a tour guide and a demonstration schedule of events taking place at Forest Park, will also be available at the park marketplace or at any garden site the day of the tour. All proceeds from the ticket sales are used for the beautification of Brazil Historic Main Street.
For more information, please contact Jan Stapp at 442-1423 or Vickie Mace at 443-1844.