How do downtown gardens grow?

f you’ve ever wandered past a home in the downtown area and wanted a closer look at the home’s garden, you’ll get your chance May 21 and 22 during the Historic Downtown Neighborhood Alliance’s Secret Gardens Tour.

The tour was a chance to highlight not only the neighborhood’s carefully crafted landscapes but also the positive vibes that are continuing to grow in the downtown area, said Cathy Rush, who is spearheading the two-day garden tour with her husband, Nick Rush.

“We wanted to promote gardening and also to show the intimate little gardens that the downtown neighborhood has that people never see,” Rush said. “It kind of speaks to the feeling of living in an older downtown neighborhood. People have porches. People have garden rooms in the back. There’s a nice sense of neighborhood.”

The self-guided tour will feature 24 stops on Franklin and Lafayette between Fifth and Eleventh streets. At the stops, homeowners will be on hand to talk about their gardens, the design used and the plants incorporated, Rush said.

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Rush and her husband are lifelong gardeners and have been gardening in their downtown home since 1976.

Rush said she hopes that attendees of the tours will get inspiration for their own gardens.

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The Secret Gardens of Columbus

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21; noon to 5 p.m. May 22

Where: Self-guided tour departs from the Columbus Area Visitors Center

Admission: In advance, $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 12 and under; advance ticket sales at Baker’s Fine Gifts, Viewpoint Books, Visitors Center; day-of-tour tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 12 and under.