It is the start of summer, there was a light breeze and full sun. I was lucky enough to be be one of a few restaurants, local home owners, musicians, and beer and wine suppliers who were a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Garden Tour in Centre Park, hosted by the Centre Park Historic District.
For 20 years the Centre Park Historic District has been host to the Garden Tour. It is an annual celebration and parade of lush, stone, colorful and imaginative gardens cultivated by homeowners who invest in the city they proudly call home. It is a labor of love. In each pocket sized, winding or spacious yard is a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life just on the other side of the fence.
What was created has been created is a sense of community pride and inspiration. Hope you enjoyed the nibbles and sips sampled at each garden, met new neighbors, chatted it up with strangers, and shopped at Sugarbush and The Artifacts Bank.
We were tucked into the Costenbader-Jacobson’s family garden, sampling a kale and black bean hummus. It is a beautifully winding haven. Each corner filled with an herb, fairy and shade garden. My helpful mom came along to help out. She’s the backbone of what I do. We served 300+ samples. The event sold out. Mari’s Six Pac was sampling some of Lancaster Brewing Company’s best beers. It seemed the Strawberry Wheat was rather popular, he was all out before the night was over. The Milk Stout was a smooth, chocolaty treat.
When you hear of this event next summer…buy a ticket and spend the night out in the heart of Reading and show some city pride.