Popular event to feature new venues, organic foods, handcrafted goods
Celina, Texas Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Celina Garden and Market Tour an exclusive showcase of eight private-home gardens, farms and area wineries, as well as the new Garden of Oz educational facility scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10. This popular biennial tour, which drew hundreds of attendees from throughout North Texas in 2015, will be presented rain or shine. Advance tickets are $20, and are available online at www.celinagardenclub.org for pickup on the day of the event in Celina’s historic downtown square, near Walnut and Ohio Streets. Tickets are also on sale at four area retailers: Annie Jack Design & General Store, 222 W. Walnut St., Celina; D&L Farm and Home, 811 N. Louisiana Drive, Celina; Texas Seasons Nursery, 807 N. Preston Road, Celina; and Cristina’s Stone & Garden Center, 14400 Preston Road, Frisco. Additionally, tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour for $25 beginning at 8 a.m. in Celina’s downtown square.
As a special offer, the first 350 people to purchase their 2017 Celina Garden and Market Tour tickets will receive a free tote bag. Presented by the Celina Garden Club, the self-guided tour winds through the picturesque countryside of Celina, providing stunning views of its vast farmlands and gently rolling terrain as well as a rare glimpse of the gardens at several of the area’s most impressive residences. “There isn’t another garden tour like it anywhere in North Texas,” said Celina Garden Club President Sue Verrill, whose own Caudalie Crest Winery is a featured stop on the tour. At the winery, tourgoers will learn about the winemaking process and (for a nominal fee) can taste several of its award-winning varietals. A special honeybee exhibit and several honey-extraction demonstrations are also scheduled to take place onsite during tour. Other venues on the tour include a “fairy garden” filled with whimsical statuary and native-Texas grasses; Golden Farms, which follows strict Permaculturedesign specifications; the popular Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard; Cartermere Farms, a 300acre family owned, organic farm; a water-conscious xeriscape-principled property; and Maryland Farms, where themed gardens surround a lovingly restored century-old farmhouse.
New to this year’s tour is the Garden of Oz, a 7,200-square-foot educational garden for local students that opened in 2016 at Celina Elementary School. It was conceived by members of the Celina Garden Club, which allocated funds raised through the 2015 Celina Garden Tour to spearhead its construction. Another new addition is the assortment of organic foods and handcrafted products that will be available for purchase at several of the tour venues, including homemade preserves, fresh organic produce and farm-raised meats, artisan soaps and olive oils. The 2017 Celina Garden Tour and Market will highlight the burgeoning area’s natural beauty and resources, according to Pam Collins, who oversees special events and fundraising efforts for the Celina Garden Club. “This really is a country tour where you’ll see fields and pastures, and cattle and donkeys,” she said. Because many of the homes in Celina are set on acreage and situated off the road, “People don’t often get a chance to explore and appreciate our gardens,” Collins said. “They are very different from the heavily manicured gardens you’ll find on tours in other cities, but they are equally as beautiful. I think people will be pleasantly surprised.”