Lakeside Garden Tour is July 10

Locals are invited to the Lakeside Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. This self-guided tour showcases properties in Lakeside Chautauqua that participated in the Beautification Awards Program promoting the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds.  

A special Daily Gate Pass to enter the grounds for the Garden Tour is available for $9.50, which includes Daily Auto Pass, but does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performance that evening. For those who obtain a Season Gate Pass or who have already purchased a Daily Gate Pass for July 10, there is no additional fee.

Tour attendees may pick up a map of the winning gardens in Lakeside Chautauqua to explore on their own. Maps are available at all gate entrances, Fountain Inn front desk, Hotel Lakeside front desk and the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office located at 236 Walnut Ave.

The Beautification Awards recognize four award classes including public, business feature and residential gardens. The entries are judged by horticulture professionals on the following criteria: plant material, color texture and quality, design and construction, design and hardscape, unification and overall appearance. 

The award classes consist of public gardens, those maintained by a group of amateur gardeners for public appreciation; business gardens, maintained on a commercial site by owner; residential gardens, professional or hobbyist; and feature gardens, an area planted and cared for by a hobbyist. 

The areas may include features such as formal garden bed, fountain, rock garden, water garden feature, groups of potted plants, unique vegetable gardens or beauty spots. 

Individual winners and all participants will receive awards and recognition at Hoover Auditorium prior to the evening performance on Wednesday, July 10. 

This year, there will be a Judges’ Choice Winner. All residents will be considered.

For more information about the Lakeside Garden Tour and the Beautification Awards, contact Mary Ann Hirsch at 419-798-4461, ext. 248.

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside Chautauqua offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call (419) 798-4461.

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