It is becoming quite a tradition in our community to celebrate Mother's Day by taking in the annual AAUW garden tour.
This year's version, the 13th annual event by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, will be May 10 and May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members are excited about the gardens, which are being featured in this year's event. Three of the five gardens being showcased belong to Alamo residents, so grab Mom, siblings, friends and enjoy this annual event as you take in the sights and fragrances of springtime while helping AAUW raise money for scholarships. The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch is making preparations to give out nearly $10,000 for nine deserving local recipients. Here's a sneak peek at the glorious gardens on tour.
The Bellagio, owned by Carol Berkowitz, is an expansive garden inspired by a combination of French and Italian flair. If you take a look back on the garden, after ascending the staircase, you'll notice the French design, boasting 100 roses. With the weather warming up, it is easy to see how this garden lends itself to outdoor dining with the fireplace, barbecue and bar area with a television and bocce ball court, to entertain guests while dinner is grilling, no doubt.
Alamo couple Jana and Tony Haertl welcome visitors to their Garden of Outdoor Rooms, which consists of numerous "rooms" occupying the whole garden for all to relax and enjoy as you listen to the serene fountain or sway in the hammock. There is also a dining area and a fire pit with chairs gracing this outdoor space and even a part of the garden that's designated the workout area. Just follow the path, and it will lead you to the outdoor rooms as you meander from one area to the pool and even a vegetable garden. I got in touch with Jana, who told me she is excited to feature her garden this year.
"Attending the annual AAUW Garden Tour for the past 10 years has given me so many inspirations for my own backyard, and I'm happy to share my gardens for this year's tour," said Jana. "It's a pleasure to be involved in this worthwhile cause," she added.
The Cottage Charm is owned by Alamo residents Katie and Dick Radler and features a main gazebo with climbing roses and a swing, designed by Utopik and another gazebo with hanging blooming baskets. A hidden koi pond visible from the master suite and outdoor dining area both round out this charming garden.
The Vineyard garden and A Walk on the Wild Side are both located in Danville and promise to also delight viewers. The first garden mentioned is a beautiful English hillside garden, which is reflective of the owner's heritage with multiple sets of blue planting pots and a comfortable seating area and a lookout of the valley views below. The second garden in Danville is a home with a peaceful garden, which overlooks a hill opposite the hillside garden. True to its name, The Vineyard hillside has cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec grapes planted and even a secret garden at the bottom of the vineyard.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors 65 and older and can be purchased at the East Bay Flower Company, located at 206 Sycamore Valley Road West in Danville in the Livery Shopping Center during business hours. For more information, visit the AAUW website at www.aauw-daw.org. Happy Mother's Day and happy garden touring!
Contact Caterina Mellinger at around- firstname.lastname@example.org.