Do you have any plans for this weekend Londoners? After the refreshing rain of the last few days, the weather is looking like it is going to be sunny and beautiful again. Perfect weather to explore a garden or two, I’d say. I’m sure that the gardeners participating in the Garden Gates Open 2012 would agree. You will too, if you make the time this weekend to get out and explore the 5th annual garden tour of everyday gardens around London, Ontario.

If you think I am talking about London’s best kept garden secret, let me let you in on the know. This local grassroots event is all about “Every Day Gardens by Everyday People”. From 10am Saturday, July 21, 2012 to Sunday, July 22 at 6pm, 28 residential gardens and 9 commercial gardens will open their gates to anyone and everyone that appreciates a patch of green. The gardens range from small, compact and creative, to large, rambling and rapturous, but all have one thing in common – a love of gardening.

And you never know. Maybe next year you will have your garden ready to share with the people of London too. All you need is a green thumb, a patch of dirt and a little know-how on how to coax the two into a state of beauty for everyone to enjoy. If you get the chance, it is certainly worth the effort, so stop by and support these great everyday people, making their environments extraordinary. Here’s the map, so get exploring!



Don’t forget to get out and support our local musicians and artisans, while you are out and about this weekend too. Home County Music & Art Festival will be going on at Victoria Park from Friday July 20, 2012 at 6pm, through to Sunday, July 22nd at 8:30pm. You will be treated to over 120 Canadian artisans showcasing pottery, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, textiles, fine art and more. There will be 30 food vendors on hand, offering a wide variety of food choices as well. Also, Home County’s Green Village, which showcases “green vendors who demonstrate innovation and environmental sustainability in products and services” will be in action for a second year. And of course take the time to stop and listen to the music from a superb selection of Canadian talents. There will be afternoon workshops on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as evening performances by a wide group of musicians. Home County has been rated one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario, so be sure not to miss it.

Have a great weekend Londoners!