The Paradise Garden Club announced that they will be cancelling the annual Garden Tour as a sign that they recognize the drought’s affect on water supply.
In place of the tour the club will host an expo on the first weekend of June, called the Paradise Water-wise Gardening Expo.
“We want it to be at much the same scale as the Garden Tour because it is something that we enjoy and the whole community seems to enjoy,” Paradise Garden Tour Co-coordinator Anne Barrett said. “We want to pull back from asking anybody on the tour to use a lot of water to stay prepped for it.”
The decision to cancel the Annual Garden Tour began after a PID speaker attended the club’s Feb. 10 meeting to address the seriousness of the drought on the Ridge.
“After 23 years it is sort of in the bones – of course we are going to do a Garden Tour, we always do a Garden Tour – well this year, the idea of asking the homeowners to keep watering their yards and risk fines in addition to just the discomfort of watering and doing this kind of lush landscaping when your neighbors’ yards are dying, it is just not what we want to do and it is not a message we want to send,” Barrett said.
The expo will be free for attendees, however there will be a drawing, refreshments and a donations table set up as a way to help raise money for horticulture scholarships at Butte College. The club donates money for scholarships totally $1,000 each every year, but Barrett said that the number of scholarships available will depend on how much money is raised.
“You can’t just close a window, you have to open a door somewhere, we still plan to give scholarships to second year (horticultural) students at Butte College, which we believe we can do number wise,” she said.
The Garden Tour is the only event that the Paradise Garden Club has had to cancel due to the drought, but Barrett did note that the daffodils planted around town have seen better days.
“The weird weather patterns and the low water is taking a toll to the point that while we have been having garden tourism to see the daffodils, we have actually been telling people you might want to hold off for a year because they aren’t looking that good right now,” Barrett said.
The Paradise Garden Club has yet to make a decision on the location of the expo yet.
The club meets on the second Monday of every month at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, at 1 p.m.
The Paradise Garden Club’s website is http://paradisegardenclub.org/.
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