The Oregon Historic District Society invites you to celebrate summer at its annual tour of private gardens at beautifully restored homes from the 1800s and early 1900s.

• $10 tickets sold day of tour at the gazebo in Newcom Founders Park •

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Oregon Historic District Society to Hold

 Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11am-2pm

Dayton, OH – June 2, 2014 – The Oregon Historic District Society will present its annual Garden Tour of nine distinctive private gardens on the first day of summer, Saturday June 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As Dayton’s oldest historic district, the Oregon District is a rich mix of historic and contemporary homes, with architecture ranging from the mid-1800s to modern. The garden tour will begin at the gazebo at Newcom Founders Park at Green and Brown Streets.

Tickets for the self-guided tour cost $10 per person, and proceeds benefit the non-profit Oregon Historic District Society, which is involved in historic preservation efforts. Desserts from Buttercream Lane Bakery and beverages will be available for sale at the gazebo, as will decorative potted plants. A master gardener will be on hand to answer questions about gardening. The tour will be held rain or shine. Fifth Street businesses and restaurants will be open during the day, including Lily’s Bistro, which will offer half-price appetizers to tour participants who bring in their admission map.

The gardens on tour demonstrate how much can be done with urban gardening spaces, ranging from small to large gardens tucked alongside and behind historic homes, including the Victorian mansion built in 1877 by John Balsley, a brick home built in 1845 with a lush garden filled with art, and an Italianate home built in 1881 with a summer kitchen in the narrow back yard.