Hyanciths, hostas, hibiscus, hydrangeas and all the other flowers in the alphabet will be on display when the Fifth Annual Lillooet Garden Tour rolls around.
Organizer Lori Karanfilis says 10 gardens will be featured on this year’s tour, which will be held Saturday, June 16. Tours start at 10 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m.
She told the News the identities of the participating gardeners will be kept secret until the day of the tour, with one poignant exception.
One of this year’s gardens belonged to Anette Thumand, who passed away this past January after a battle with breast cancer.
“Anette had always promised me she would go on the tour one year,” said Karanfilis. “Several of her friends have rallied ‘round and with the permission of her sister, her yard will be up and running for the tour.”
Organizers are looking for prospective tour hosts for this year’s tour. People who want their gardens included on the tour are asked to contact Lori Karanfilis at Sears/Lillooet Flower Shop.
She said local gardeners are hoping for good weather this year.
“There was no Garden Tour in 2011 due to the very late spring,” she explained. “Gardeners were very apprehensive with good reason so we decided it would be best to postpone it ‘til this year.”
All proceeds for the event go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
There will be a plant sale after the tour at the Lillooet Flower Shop and proceeds from that will also go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.