Private gardens open for public viewing

Need inspiration for your garden?

You can check out 10 private gardens on Saturday during the second annual Art in the Garden Tour and Fair, sponsored by the Port Moody Arts Centre Society.

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Homeowners in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra will open their backyards for public viewing to showcase their greenery. As well, the Port Moody Police Department community garden and the Port Moody Museum Heritage Garden will also be spruced up to welcome visitors for the special event.

Among those who are taking part for the first time is Charles Glover, who moved to his Easthill townhouse from Long Island, New York, more than 35 years ago

Glover creates "movable" plants - i.e., on rocks and in trays - and has a number of Asian-themed elements on his property. "It's a nice place to meditate," said the art restorer.

PMAC board member Rose Kapp said all the gardens featured have "something of interest" and many will have artists working and musicians playing on the day.

The last Art in the Garden, held two years ago, saw more than 200 tour spectators and 700 people stop in at the centre for the day-long fair.

For this year's fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can get tips from master gardeners, purchase perennials and decor and join in on the activities.

There will also be a silent auction to raise money for the arts centre.

And, inside the gallery, will be a collection of more than 100 sketches and paintings by the Passionate Outdoor Painters, made up of Jane Appleby, Sue Cowan,Randy Green,Sahar McCullough, Sally Turton and Alison White.

Tickets for the Art in the Garden Tour on July 19 are $20. Call 604-931-2008.

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