Blooms for Africa Grandmothers group is one of 240 Grannie groups that have developed across Canada in response to Stephen Lewis’ plea to ameliorate the devastation caused by the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Stephen Lewis says there is tragedy all over the world, but there is nothing that can come close to the devastation of the erasing of whole generations of African parents, leaving millions of orphans to be raised by their grandmothers who have virtually no resources.

These African Grandmothers are so buoyed by the support that they have been given by their Canadian sisters, that they have moved from basic survival, to creating self-sustaining services and businesses, to advocacy, in an attempt to change the basic power structure in their countries. This is as much about Women’s Rights as it is a medical support initiative.

One of thier fund raising events is a garden tour:

Blooms For Africa – Treasures By The Bay North End Garden Tour!

This year’s event will be another night time tour and is scheduled for the evenings of Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm RAIN OR SHINE.

Whether this is the first time you have heard about Blooms Garden tours or whether you have attended many of their tours this year’s adventure is bound to wow you. You will share the beauty of 19 North End Hamilton Garden, see sailboats on the bay at sunset, and listen to gardeners’ stories about the history of their homes and neighbourhood.  There will be art in some of the gardens and music to enjoy as well. You have access to the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and community garden there and can enjoy the park at Pier 4.  Purchase draw tickets on Judy Hill’s garden art and with your passport, you have access to discounted dinners or after tour snack at six local restaurants.

There are a range of Locke St. restaurants that will provide discounts on those two evenings so that you can either start with an early casual or elegant dinner, then do the tour (6:00 p.m. to dusk), or do the tour, and stop for a treat at an ice cream or pizza shop when you are finished! Tickets are $20 for viewing 19 gardens. Tickets are available from Kari’s of Ancaster, A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, Cake and Loaf Artisan Bakery in Hamilton, and La Jardinière in Hamilton.

Please come out and help this very worthwhile cause.

Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the following locations 

Kari’s of Ancaster                          The Keeping Room
386 Wilson St E.                              6 Cross Street,
Ancaster, ON                                    Dundas, ON
(905) 304-5274                                (905) 627-5880

A Different Drummer Books     The Jardinière
513 Locust Street                                246 Locke Street,
Burlington, ON                                  Hamilton, ON
(905) 639-0925                                 (905) 529-5909

For more information please contact
Brenda Hoskin at 905-527-0470
Gail Rappolt at 905-546-7722