Garden Party feeds local families


With warm summer weather comes beautiful, abundant gardens. The Lebanon Community of Shalom will showcase local homeowners’ gardens in an effort to raise money for its organization. It will host a Garden Party and Garden Tour to celebrate summer blooms.

LCS started in 2006 with a mission of feeding the community. It offers meals twice a week at the Shalom House and meal delivery on Saturdays. It also provides lunches for students in the summer through the Shalom Kids Sack Lunch Program.

“Through the summer we have 300 to 500 kids come through,” said Lisa Williams, program coordinator at LCS. “Last year, we served 4,580 kids, and that’s 22,900 meals. The Shalom House did a little over 13,000 meals last year.”

The Garden Party kicks off the fun at Maplelawn Farmstead in Zionsville at 6 p.m June 15. 

“This is the second year for this,” Williams said. “We have drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a live jazz band playing. We have a lot of fun yard games for people to play. We have a silent auction that we’re going to be doing. It’s a really fun evening.”

The Garden Tour begins at 10 a.m. June 16.

“We ask people who are familiar with the Shalom House to donate their garden to us for a day so they can be on the garden tour,” Williams said. “They’re doing this totally out of the kindness of their heart. We try to do a variety of different gardens. We go from a small lot, if you live in town, to big farms. It’s been really fun to watch all the different things people think of to do with their yards.”

Tickets for the Garden Party are $25. Tickets for the Garden Tour are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the event. For more information visit