Historic West Salem Garden Tour Supports Community activities

By Judith Ruff

West Salem is an eclectic array of homes and gardens that have a story to tell. It is a neighborhood that is a hidden gem located a few blocks from Old Salem.

Over 18 years ago, a handful of neighbors who loved gardening, both with flowers and vegetables, got together and started visiting public gardens in and around Winston-Salem. In 2001, they formed the West Salem Garden Club. In August 2003, the first West Salem Cottage Garden Tour was held to raise money to go toward the neighborhood. Each tour has been a success because each one has a story to tell.

The casual tone of the tour where participants answer questions on the gardens they have created and the flowers it contains is one way that makes the tour more personal. Gardening has been a labor of love for most of these neighbors, with some having plants from their childhood transplanted with care or cutting from neighbors sharing their favorites.

West Salem is a wonderful community to live in and its residents are very active with the West Salem Neighborhood Association. The Association plans many activities and there are always projects going on. Money from the tours has gone to buy the historical markers for West Salem and Granville Park, as well as projects at neighborhood churches, the West Salem Community Garden that benefits people in the community, and the West Salem Tree Project that won a Winston-Salem Community Appearance Commission Award in 2011, just to name a few.

The 2018 Historic West Salem Garden Tour will be held on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets for $10 can be bought online at WestSalemGardens.Wixsite.com/WestSalem or tickets can be purchased where the tour starts at Christ Moravian Church Community Center at 919 W. Academy St. in West Salem. You can also pick up your booklet about the gardens and maps there and purchase raffle tickets for many wonderful items.

Don’t miss this exciting tour showcasing a mix of neighborhood gardens and support these worthwhile community projects.

Judith Ruff lives in West Salem and enjoys gardening as well as writing and has won several medals in the Piedmont Plus Senior Games/SilverArts.


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