When Ann and George Nation created the Garden Tour in 1982 , it quickly became one of the most loved and successful fundraising events in Victoria. Today, a new generation of devoted volunteers, as led by the volunteer Garden Tour Committee, coordinates the operations of the tour to ensure its continuing success. Meet our volunteers:
Initially I was asked by a good friend and he thought I might be interested in volunteering with VCM.
As I was nearing retirement, it was an opportunity to look into other volunteer programs, learn, keep myself busy, meet new people, help with the organization and learn about their community.
I started volunteering in 2003, before I retired, so far, it’s been a wonderful experience for me, meeting others, organizing small and large events and learning about opera, art and culinary creativity and of course now more about gardens and the VCM.
I bought a ticket for the VCM Mother’s Day Garden Tour in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Our garden was selected to be on tour in 2011, and that’s really where it all began. I started volunteering with the Organizing Committee and was asked to coordinate the plant sale and it’s 30 plus volunteers.
So now I’m closing in on 10 years and I’m happy to report that each year has been an adventure. I love seeing our volunteers, and of course how excited everyone gets when selecting their plants and treasures. It’s a happy place to be!
I’m very proud to be a part of the Organizing Committee knowing all funds raised assists the VCM and its various programs which in turn help so many community members.
As a Master Gardener and Realtor for Newport Realty, Holly puts her exclusive access and keen eye for landscape to good use, scouting beautiful private gardens for our Garden Tour.
I am so happy to be a part of the annual VCM Garden Tour, it is such an inspiring event that honours Mothers and celebrates the timeless beauty of music and of gardens.
If you enjoy plants or love gardening, like working with the community and want to join this close-knit fun group of volunteers, click here to see volunteer opportunities for this exciting event and contact [email protected].