Homes and Gardens featured in Westgate

Photo courtesy of Alan Jazak
This is one garden that will be on display at the eighth annual Westgate Home and Garden Tour.

The 2018 Westgate Home and Garden Tour is June 9.

The tour, in its eighth year, embodies the spirit of the Westgate Neighbors Association and the growing focus on building a more connected community by supporting resident-inspired initiatives like the Westgate Farmers Market, Friends of Westgate Park, Westgate Food Trucks Line Up, the Columbus Westside Running Club, and Westgate Brews.

“This is the day we invite all of central Ohio to visit our ‘it’s no secret anymore’ west Columbus neighborhood. The up-close and personal tour is timely for inquiring Columbus-residents, as many new residents are discovering our character-rich, affordable housing stock. They will immediately see why we call Westgate unexpected,” said tour co-chair Becca Rohner.

Rohner said this is not your average home and garden tour.

“Be prepared to marvel at the creativity of our homeowners and pick up affordable, relatable decorating ideas for your abode,” she said.

The 2018 tour will reveal some of Westgate’s unexpected appeal, including a 1928 Colonial Revival home that has been lovingly restored; backyard retreats with multiple water features, a garden with antique roses –some dating back to the 1500s, and even a putting green.

Balancing modern technology with architectural integrity is another example of what makes homes in Westgate so unique and desirable. But there is still no shortage of fireplaces, original built in cabinetry, porch swings, and hardwood floors you’d expect to find a neighborhood where homes were built to last.

A portion of the proceeds from the tour fund the Westgate Neighborhood Scholarship. The scholarship, now in its fourth year, was established as an extension of the group’s mission to help Westgate thrive as it recognizes students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service.

This year’s tours includes ten stops. It runs on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. Registration is at The Westgate Lodge, 2925 West Broad Street. Advance tickets are $12 and available online at www.westgateneighbors.org and at the following locations: Haldeman Cleaners (3115 West Broad Street), Gypsy Soul Antiques (11 N. Westmoor). On the day of the tour, tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the registration tent.

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