Tour homes and gardens in Westgate

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Photo courtesy of Alan Jazak
This home and garden will be featured in this year’s Westgate Home and Garden Tour on June 8.

The 2019 Westgate Home and Garden Tour will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The tour, in its ninth 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 tour is timely for inquiring Columbus-residents, as many new residents are discovering our character-rich, affordable housing stock. At each of our eight stops guests will immediately see why we call Westgate Unexpected,” said tour co-chair Becca Rohner.

Participants of the tour can expect to see both unique original features as well as lots of modern updates. Interesting finds include a Sears catalog home, a working phone booth converted to a wine cabinet, a walkout basement art studio, and a vaulted Zen room. The gardens are also a must see. This year’s tour is jam packed with sights and ideas for both seasoned and aspiring gardeners. Highlights include a mini-greenhouse, a garden that is a certified wildlife habitat, a birdwatcher’s oasis, and a reimagined use for the ‘green roof’ concept.

Balancing modern technology with architectural integrity is another example of what makes homes in Westgate so unique and desirable. Tour guests will marvel at the creativity of the homeowners and pick up affordable, relatable decorating ideas for their own home.

Registration for the Westgate Home and Garden Tour is at The Westgate Lodge, 2925 West Broad St. Advance tickets are $12 and available online at www.westgateneighbors.org, at Third Way Cafe (3058 W Broad St.), Westgate Salon (3105 W. Broad St.), and at the Westgate Farmers Market, held on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the day of the tour, tickets are $15 and can only be purchased at the registration tent.

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