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Garden tour to bloom in Manette neighborhood
The Manette neighborhood will become the stage for a 10-stop garden tour on Saturday when The Manette Neighborhood Coalition hosts their inaugural Edible Garden and Tour de Coop.
The tour features money saving demonstrations in winter gardening, container gardening, growing fruit-bearing trees and plants in small spaces and building and maintaining greenhouse and hoop houses and will also offer anyone interested in raising chickens a chance to tour multiple coops.
Manette gardeners will open their gardens during the tour to offer advice on growing staples such as carrots, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries, bush beans, swiss chard, beets, raspberries and a host of other garden favorites.
Tamara Smith and Patrick Watson will host a garden on the tour, and Smith, a board member on the coalition, said the idea had come from a similar event held by the Bremerton Urban Garden Society.
She said she had enjoyed that event and felt the Manette neighborhood also had a host of must-see gardens.
For Smith, the tour offers a way to for people to meet their neighbors as well as examples of the possibilities of urban gardening.
“I think the neighborhood is just a safer place when your neighbors know each other,” she said. “And how often do you get to poke around in other people’s back yards to see how they garden?”
Smith said her garden developed out of a love of cooking and seeking a healthy lifestyle.
“I love to cook so this is an extension of that,” she said. “It is good exercise and you know where your food is coming from and that it is fresh and healthy.”
Health is also a primary inspiration behind the garden Jean Clark will host on