Hudson Home & Garden Tour
Each June the Garden Club holds a Home and Garden tour that showcases a few of the beautiful homes and lovely gardens of this historic Western Reserve city. The 2014 Tour is June 12 and 13 and features five distinctly different homes and three gardens. Hudson is located in northeast Ohio at the junction of Route 91 and Route 303.
In 1947 the Hudson Garden Club sought a way to raise funds to replace the many trees lost to Dutch elm disease and decided to conduct the first tour, which was gardens only. Over the years the club expanded the tour to include both homes and gardens. The event is the cornerstone of Hudson Days, a community-wide celebration highlighting the many activities available in the city. Over 1,200 people attend the tour each year.
What’s It Like?
Tour guests visit several homes and gardens around town as volunteer hosts and hostesses present facts of interest. Floral arrangements designed by Garden Club members with fresh material from local Hudson gardens enhance several rooms in each home and delight patrons each year. Tour guests provide their own transportation between stops. The ticket/program includes a map and information about the featured homes and gardens. View photos of past Tours here and on our Facebook page.
Tour Hours/Ticket Information
2014 Tour Dates and Hours:
- Thursday, June 12th 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Note evening hours!
- Friday, June 13th 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The Garden Shop is open during Tour hours. No ticket is required to visit the Garden Shop.
Presale tickets are $20 and may be purchased by writing to the Hudson Garden Club Ticket Chairman, 205 S. Main Street, Hudson, OH 44236. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope and a check for $20 per ticket payable to Hudson Garden Club. Starting June 1, presale tickets will be sold at Hudson's Acme Fresh Market and Learned Owl Bookshop. Ticket sales are by cash or check only.
During the Tour, tickets may be purchased for $25 by cash or check. Presale tickets may be exchanged for the Tour program/map only at the ticket tent on the Village Green and at the Garden Ship in the Middle School on Oviatt Street. Please note tickets are not sold and presale ticket vouchers are not exchanged at the individual Tour stops.
The Garden Shop
The Garden Shop is located at the Hudson Middle School, 77 N. Oviatt Street (indicated on the tour program). The ample parking at the Middle School is centrally located to several of the Tour stops. Plants seen on the Tour may be found at the Shop as well as some unusual, hard to find specimens. The Shop is open during the Tour hours. No ticket is required to enter. Information about other community events is also available there.
Complimentary Afternoon Tea
Included in the ticket price is an afternoon tea during which complimentary iced tea and homemade cookies are served. You will notice arrangements of locally grown flowers brightening each table. The tea is held at the Hudson Middle School from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. each afternoon of the Tour.
Proceeds from the Tour fund tree planting in Hudson, the Garden Club’s annual scholarships, grants, school programs, mentoring workshops and community gardening projects. An all-volunteer effort, more than 500 men and women donate thousands of hours toward this worthwhile project.
Sponsorships and Advertising Opportunities
If you would like to be a Tour sponsor and/or advertise in our program, please contact Ted Olson. The program serves as our ticket and is distributed to approximately 2,000 Tour guests.
Dining and Shopping
Hudson has many tempting restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining. The local newspaper, The Hudson Hub-Times publishes a special Tour edition the week before the Tour which usually details the dining options. Hudson also boasts a wide selection of wonderful shops. See http://www.firstandmainhudson.com/ and http://www.merchantsofhudson.com/shopping.htm
Ample parking can be found off Clinton Street, west of 91, behind the stores.
Other Hudson Days Activities