WALKERTON – The Aug. 20 Backyard Living Tour, hosted by the Walkerton and District Optimist Club, offered the perfect excuse to do a bit of visiting and get some ideas on how to celebrate summer outdoor living at its best, while supporting a great cause.
The self-guided tour of nine luxurious outdoor spaces had something to interest everyone – elegant and spacious rural properties; compact and delightful urban backyards with surprising touches; deceptively simple and modern stylings and comfortable and inviting yards perfect for relaxing or entertaining.
People could purchase tickets at participating homes or in advance, and could start at any of the nine homes.
Proceeds went to Saugeen Hospice.
Steve and Christine Maxwell, both Optimists, welcomed everyone to their urban oasis of a backyard. The water feature in the background creates a soothing sound that’s relaxing – and that’s what summer outdoor living is all about.
They chose to participate in the tour because “funds are going to a good cause.” They’ve participated in the Christmas tour, but this was something different. They said they like the fact funds raised will benefit the local community.
Doug and Darlene Thompson said they worked hard over a number of years to create an outdoor space that’s both comfortable and elegant, backed by a flourishing vegetable garden. Darlene said she’s been an Optimist member for 10 years and is a past president; she’s delighted to share ideas about backyard living.
Jeromy Wilhelm’s backyard has a party feel to it. Modern with touches of whimsey, the yard is fun, comfortable and attractive – summer outdoor living at its finest.
Wilhelm and friend Matthew Preece said the tour was raising money for a good cause. Commenting on the excellent turnout for the event, they said, “That’s Bruce County – true hospitality you don’t find anywhere else.”
Optimist President Connie Weber said the final totals haven’t been tabulated yet, but she’s received many favourable comments about the tour.
She said it was gratifying to see people enjoying themselves, arriving in groups for a “nice evening out.”
The warm summer evening was ideal for visiting friends, taking in the beauty of the gardens and landscaping, and appreciating all the effort people have gone to, to not only make their outdoor living space perfect, but to share it with the community.
“It was a nice treat,” Weber said.
Participating homes belonged to Steve and Kerry Pitt, 505 Lake Rosalind Rd. 5; Kevin and Heather Zettel, 13 Ellen Ave.; Steve and Christine Maxwell, 26 Ellen Ave., Bill and Yvonne Carroll, 10 Ellen Ave.; Jeromy Wilhelm, 307 May St.; Steve and Michelle Wilhelm, 56 Geeson Ave.; Steve and Colleen Spitzig, 522 Gibson St.; Steve and Theresa Cover, 2 Karin Crescent; and Doug and Darlene Thompson, 221 Kincardine Hwy.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times