Garden tour to help local charities

Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Garden tour to help local charities

By Tara Nelson

The ‘65 Sisterhood ladies’ club has scheduled a tour of Semiahmoo home gardens this Saturday to help raise money for local groups and charities.

The tour is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7 and will include six Semiahmoo home gardens within a 1/2-mile radius.

Brooke Finley, an organizer of the event said the group is comprised of seven Blaine women who wanted to give something back to the community in which they were raised.

“We all graduated from Blaine high school in 1965 so that’s where we got our name,” she said.

The group is known by many for its annual garage sale-type fundraiser each summer at the former red barn on Sweet Road. Money raised from those events created a fund the group used to give back to various groups in the community such as the Family Services Center, Stafholt Good Samaritan Center and the Blaine Food Bank.

Unfortunately, however, the garage sales ended when the barn burned down in November of 2006.

“All year long we would save up all this stuff and then in June or July, we’d have this huge sale,” she said. “The garden tour is meant as a way to replenish those funds so we can keep giving back to the community.”

Tickets for Saturday’s event are available for $15 at Pacific Building Center, the Birch Bay Garden Center and Van Wingerden’s.

Parking is available at the Birch Bay Garden Center and the Stafholt Good Samaritan Center has donated the use of their van to transport individuals to and from the tour. Finley said participating homes are within 1/2-mile radius for greater walkability.

Free coffee and donuts will be provided at the Birch Bay Garden center after the tour. For more information, call Brooke at 371-2157 or Jan at 371-2361.