Helen Strader is delighted by the volunteers who stepped forward to assist with the 2015 Las Vegas Garden Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon as part of Heritage Week festivities.
“Most appreciated are the gardeners,” she said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”
Strader is a skilled event coordinator. In her former life as a bed and breakfast owner, she staged lovely affairs, created an atmosphere of congenial elegance, and set the standard for making each occasion memorable. As a member of the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation she brings that expertise to the tour.
Because of drought conditions in recent years, the focus has by necessity been on xeriscaping. This year abundant rain has made everything around town multiply and blossom. Water wise gardening is still important, organizers say, but the floral profusion will be evident.
“I have huge rain barrels on my property,” one gardener said. “In the worst of drought I was able to water regularly. Even with that it couldn’t do what Mother Nature has done this year.”
“The take away from viewing these gardens is that you get ideas you can use in your own outdoor space,” Strader said. “Get insider tips on how to design, create, and nurture your garden from homeowners who have done the work.”
Following the tour, the luncheon will be open from 12:15 until 2 p.m., in the Masonic Lodge at 518 Douglas Ave. Jude Romero, an experienced and innovative gardener, will share his expertise on planning and growing varieties of chilies and ways to preserve them.
Lawrence will have her work on exhibit and for sale, including affordable items like mugs and notecard prints suitable for framing. “This has been such fun for me,” she said. “It’s amazing that you can take an original piece of art and have it reproduced so easily on a coffee mug or postcard or napkin.” Napkins featuring one of her paintings will be used at the luncheon. “It just adds a little something extra,” she said.
Preparing luncheons for events is something Starder enjoys. “We have an elegant lunch of vegetable quiche, fruit salad, assorted quick breads, dessert bars, and summer punch. The décor and Lisa’s work will complement the setting. And we have door prizes to give away.”
Five gardeners have confirmed participation. The list will be revealed on the day of the tour when maps will be provided to ticket purchasers.
Tickets for the tour and luncheon are sold separately for $10 each. If you choose to participate in both, the combined package sells for $18. However, the deadline for luncheon ticket sales is Aug. 6 so organizers may prepare sufficient food. Tickets for paid events are on sale now for all Heritage Week activities at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge Street.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact the CCHP office at 425-8803.
The tour will begin at 116 Bridge Street at 8:30 a.m., where visitors will pick up a map to featured gardens. Enjoy coffee and donuts before heading out on the tour scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Note: Photos courtesy of artist Lisa Porter Lawrence
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