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Wexford Garden and Pond Tour Showcases Landscapes, Supports Nonprofit

Jun 30, 2018 11:47AM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch

From koi ponds to majestic gardens and fairy houses, this year’s Wexford Garden and Pond Tour offers a bit of everything for gardening and nature enthusiasts alike. 

“It’s the season not only for gardening at home, but also for touring gardens designed and maintained by others,” said Debra Dion Krischke, owner of Team Effort Events. “Viewing spaces worthy of being on a tour is almost a guaranteed way to get inspired to make changes or improvements in your own garden. There’s so much to learn and, fortunately, gardeners love to share their successes and mistakes.” 

Eight private home gardens will be featured in the second annual tour on Saturday, July 14. The self-guided tour will begin at 10 a.m. (check-in runs from 9:30 to noon at Graeter’s Ice Cream in Wexford Plaza) and end at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, and participants will receive a map to the featured homes, all of which are within a 15-minute drive of Wexford and can be visited in any order. If you prefer to travel with a group and let someone else do the driving, a VIP Bus Tour is available and includes lunch at Soergel Orchards for $90 per person. 

The gardens vary in size and terrain. “The properties include features such as raised bed veggie gardens complete with vertical plantings, fairy houses, waterfalls with ponds, chickens, fish farming, bees, and gardens—all cultivated with love and care,” said Dion Krischke. “The goal of the tour is to provide inspiration and ideas as visitors view what others have created.”

This event is supported by volunteers from Inspired Women Paying It Forward, a quarterly philanthropic networking organization that supports women’s nonprofits both locally and globally. This year’s tour will support CEED–Christian East African Economic Development and their water projects in drought-ridden northeast Kenya.  

“Water is the lifeline for people and for agriculture; to grow food and care for livestock,” said Dion Krischke. “We say that from our abundance of water, we’ll pay it forward to those without. This event is all about combining purpose with passion for all of the homeowners on tour.”

The tour will take place rain or shine, and tickets are available online at