Ironton in Bloom's backyard tour set for June 22
IRONTON -- Ironton in Bloom's Over the Back Fence Yard Tour is scheduled for June 22 in Ironton.
Seven sites are listed on the self-guided tour, which is a major fundraiser for the volunteer group that is seeking funds to continue placing live flowering pots and hanging baskets along streets in downtown Ironton.
Ironton in Bloom is an active volunteer organization that has as its goal bringing beauty to Ironton, said Judy Sanders, a member of the group. The goal is to encourage civic pride and help bring economic growth, she said.
The backyard fence tour came from the group's Yard of the Month contest, Sanders said. That contest is based on a home's front yard. The winners have been known to say, "If you think my front yard looks good, come see my backyard," she said.
The tour is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22. A rain date is Sunday, June 29.
"We started the Back Yard Fence Tour to let people see the beautification of Ironton homes that you can't see from the streets," Carol Allen, Ironton in Bloom president, said Thursday. "We want to introduce the Tri-State to the beautification of our community."
The 5th annual tour starts at the Lawrence County Historical Museum, 506 S. 6th St., and includes six local homes and the newly created St. Mary's Walking Trail and Native Plant Garden.
The volunteers will identify 25 plants along the walking tour and put up markers with the Latin names of the plants, Allen said.
Homes on the tour include the homes of Tina and Mike Compliment, 2424 S. 12th St.; Penny and Steve Dodgion, 1001 Mastin Ave.; Tricia and Jackie Fields, 1602, S. 6th St.; Rita and Joe Isaac, 1327 Shawnee Trail; Nancy Bush Kelley and Cathy Bush, 416 Lawrence St.; and Mary Louise Vanderhoof, 914 Jones St.
Tickets cost $10, and maps and light refreshments will be available at the museum throughout the afternoon, Sanders said.
Advance tickets are available by calling 740-532-1030 or 740-532-2954.
Proceeds from the event will be used for Ironton beautification projects, Allen said.
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