The Georgian Bay Garden Tour – with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Bereavement Support Program at Hospice Huronia – takes place on Saturday, August 13.
“The Georgian Bay Garden Tour team is so proud to partner in supporting Hospice Huronia’s bereavement program in 2022. We appreciate the work of Hospice Huronia and wanted to offer our contribution to their respected program,” said Kay Hawkins , chair of the Georgian Bay Garden Tour team.
This year, the purchase of a $25 ticket provides a wristband passport to the gardens of the tours while supporting Hospice Huronia’s bereavement support program.
The program has seen huge demand over the past few years and continues to grow to meet those needs.
“It is available and free to members of the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one,” Hawkins said.
This year’s tour includes 11 local gardens of varying styles, ranging from rural land to urban courtyards and woodland shade gardens.
Some of the gardens on the tour also host local artisans to further enhance the enjoyment of the gardens. Visitors can do the event according to their schedule or in a group.
Hospice Huronia became better known in the community with the opening of its residential hospice, Tomkins House, in 2020 and continues to offer community programs, such as the Bereavement Support Program.
“We are here for people who may be struggling with their grief,” said Sarah Clarke, the social worker who coordinates this program. “We offer individual support, a structured group support program and a growing number of informal groups, such as a men’s group and activities such as yoga and art therapy to meet the bereavement needs of people who come ask us for help.”
Tickets are sold at several locations and online as well.