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Blooming event helps victims of interpersonal violence

Livingston County will be blooming with color when LACASA Center hosts its 17th Annual Garden Tour Weekend set for Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, 2015.

This year’s fundraising event features 12 eclectic gardens, which range from formal and whimsical to rambling and compact. Guests are invited to roam the grounds at each garden and chat with homeowners about gardening tips.

“Each year, we strive to include gardens of all sizes. This helps guests visualize how they can customize their own exterior spaces, no matter how big or small,” said Hazel Bostic, chair of LACASA’s Garden Tour Committee.

The 2015 tour includes city, suburban and country settings. Independent horticulturalists at two home-based nurseries on the tour will offer how-to information about the benefits of leaf-composted mulch and how to select Michigan-hardy plants.

Garden tour guests are invited to participate in the “Stargazer Scavenger Hunt.” This friendly competition has adults and children alike searching for garden clues. Winning super sleuths are entered into a drawing for a bed and breakfast getaway.

Special offerings along the tour include botanical art T-shirts and tank tops, original birdhouses, and tickets to LACASA’s Blooming Raffle and its Summertime Quilt Raffle.

Garden Tour Weekend tickets are $15 in advance at area business outlets, and $20 at garden entrances. Tour hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. All proceeds benefit abused children and victims of interpersonal violence from the community.

To learn more about the event and to get tickets online, visit

Garden Tour Weekend is a fundraising event that includes a year of advance planning and organization. The Garden Tour Committee begins selecting gardens in August for the following year’s tour. More than 120 volunteers work at tour gardens throughout the weekend.

LACASA Center is an independent nonprofit and is not affiliated with a national parent agency. The organization depends on individual donations from the community to provide help and hope for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. All contributions stay local.

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