Villagers’ Garden Tour Returns March 12, with a Trip to The Redland

Garden scenes from Patch of Heaven
Villagers Louise Petrine and Cookie Thelen with the handmade quilt they helped create. “Pandemic Pandemonium in the Garden” will be raffled at the Villagers’ Garden Tour on March 12. Raffle tickets can be purchased from members in advance and you do not need to be present to win.

“Redland Retreat” from 10 AM until 4 PM on Saturday, March 12, will provide visitors with an exceptional educational and recreational experience.

The Redland is the heart of Miami-Dade’s agricultural community and home to a number of historic sites. The Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, 21900 SW 157th Ave, is one such gem, a 20-acre nature preserve, the recently expanded not-for-profit is dedicated to conservation, reforestation, and education. Members of The Villagers will be on hand throughout Patch of Heaven with insider details about the flora, fauna, and history of the area.

Garden-lovers may also visit three nurseries, including two not generally open to the public. Visitors will learn about the area’s significant nursery business and have the opportunity to purchase plants.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Villagers’ members or online for $50 through  The day of the tour, tickets will be available at Patch of Heaven and Plant Creations at 28301 SW 172nd Ave. Tour-goers will receive a map to guide them as well as detailed information about landscaping highlights.

“Past visitors to Patch of Heaven will be pleasantly surprised by the recent expansion of the site as well as significant landscape enhancements,” explained Villagers’ President Loyda Lewis. “Join us to learn more about local horticulture, bats, and bees and why preservation of these areas is vital to our community.”

Back by popular demand, The Villagers’ “Attic Treasures” vintage shop also returns this year, along with a variety of vendors with unique items for sale.  A special feature will be the raffle of a richly detailed and colorful handmade quilt “Pandemic Pandemonium in the Garden,” designed as a tribute to the past 28 Villager Garden Tours and a refocus on outdoor surroundings during the past two years. Quilt Committee Chair, Villager Louise Petrine said, “Our gardens give us solace, inspiration, and joy in being outdoors.”

This is a no-smoking event and venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers. Carpooling and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. Food will be available for purchase.

The 2022 Villagers’ Garden Tour Committee is chaired by Sweet Pea Ellman, Joan Bounds, and Lilian Walby with Fran Blake, Alice Goldhagen, Debbie Kavanaugh, and Sheila Revell.

Members who participated in the creation of the quilt with Louise Petrine, were Joan Bounds, Jeannie Bunten, Barbara Burdette, Cathy Prentice, Susan Schmitt, Martha Stockhausen, Cookie Thelen, and Lilian Walby.

About the Villagers: The Villagers is Miami-Dade County’s oldest historic preservation organization, founded in 1966. Through educating, advocating, fundraising, restoration, and documentation The Villagers work to preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of local historic sites and neighborhoods. The not-for-profit all-volunteer group has awarded more than 75 local organizations grants to fund over 150 projects and hundreds of university scholarships to advance historic preservation.

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