Leisurely tour of gardens to benefit hospice care in three counties - Etcetera - 8/27/13

Each year a fresh crop of creative gardens that incorporate ponds, creeks and other water features are open to visitors who participate in the annual Walla Walla Community Hospice Pond and Garden Tour. These images from 2012 are similar to what will be shown on this year’s tour.

Each year a fresh crop of creative gardens that incorporate ponds, creeks and other water features are open to visitors who participate in the annual Walla Walla Community Hospice Pond and Garden Tour. These images from 2012 are similar to what will be shown on this year’s tour. Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Community Hospice

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Touring landscaped gardens with complete permission from their owners is a delight, and raises funds for a good cause, too.

Walla Walla Community Hospice’s 12th annual Pond and Garden Tour is coming up from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7.

Participants take themselves on a self-guided tour of 10 area gardens, according to WWCH Marketing Coordinator Laurie Klicker in a release.

“It is a delightful tour of unique and creative gardens incorporating ponds, creeks and other water features,” she said. Tickets include a tour map and entrance to all 10 gardens.

Also featured are a raffle for pond and garden accessories, featured vendors of garden art, musicians and Artists in the Garden.

Tickets are limited, and must be purchased in advance for $20 per person at Bright’s Candies & Gifts, 11 E. Main St., or at the WWCH office, 1067 Isaacs Ave. Tickets may also be mailed for credit card orders placed by phone at 525-5561 or here.

More details about the Pond and Garden Tour are available at the Hospice website or its Facebook page.

The local hospice agency is a nonprofit organization that provides quality hospice care to adults and children facing a limited life expectancy. No patient is denied hospice services for financial reasons. All proceeds from the Pond and Garden Tour will benefit their efforts to offer hospice care in Walla Walla, Columbia and northeast Umatilla counties.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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