By Heather Lusk
This year’s Gardens of Zionsville tour is a true walking tour of the village, with all seven featured homes within walking distance of each other.
“People who are able to walk, I would suggest that they do it that way,” event co-chair Marsha Webster said. “What a nice way to show off the town.”
Proceeds will benefit the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, comprising the Zionsville history museum, art center and genealogical library.
“I think it’s a wonderful asset to the town,” Webster said.
For Zionsville resident Lana Funkhouser, this is the third time in 20 years her yard has been featured on the garden tour.
“I wanted to support SullivanMunce because I appreciate all that they have brought to the community for so many years,” Funkhouser said.
“(My garden) is just part of something that is a spring, summer and fall ritual,” she said, “and I enjoy sharing it with people because it’s an expression of my family history here.”
Her family has owned the property since 1944.
With parking available near each home, driving is also an option. Approximately 300 people participated in the annual tour last year.
Along with the garden tour are many events at the museum. A number of donated container gardens from local nurseries will be auctioned, tablescapes from local businesses and individuals will be arranged inside and an art exhibit by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association is on display at the art center.
Akards True Value is sponsoring a scavenger hunt featuring a question about each garden on the tour. Entries will be collected at Akards and those with correct answers will be put into a drawing for a gift card.
Gardens of Zionsville
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18.
Where: Begins at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the event, $5 for children 10 and younger.
More: Purchase advance tickets at Akards True Value, the SullivanMunce Cultural Center or sullivanmunce.org. Tickets the day of the event are only available at SullivanMunce.