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May 14, 2008 > Niles Annual Wildflower, Art and Garden Show

Niles Annual Wildflower, Art and Garden Show

By Anuja Seith

A paradise of beautiful flowers, shrubs and plants await visitors to the 15th Annual Wildflower, Art and Garden show. Presented by the Niles Main Street Association, this show blends the beauty of a garden, the bliss of springtime, and creative works of local artists in an area nestled against the East Bay foothills. Known for its early 1900's charm, Niles is a delight for all who come to shop or just stroll along wide sidewalks enjoying vintage storefronts. "The members of Niles Street Community organization started this show as they wanted everyone to come and enjoy the beautiful gardens in the area," said Keith Elrod, a store owner in Niles.

Every year the show includes additional homes and gardens, enticing a return by those who have been to earlier shows and others new to the self-guided tour. Visitors can experience cottage gardens with vintage picket fences and heritage plants such as a wisteria over 100 years old. A map of 15 gardens in the tour will be available at Tyme for Tea on Niles' Main Street. These gardens - big and small - offer a wide variety of styles and plants including rock gardens, Asian styles and a northwestern identity. "The owners have their own taste so there is a big mixture and multiple arrays of flowers and plants," said Elrod.

Every year a committee drives around the Niles neighborhood to look for quality entries and sometimes neighbors call up to recommend a neighbor's garden. While those taking part in the garden tour can drive to these gardens, most are within a short walk so people can enjoy the ambiance of this charming district. "A lot of folks come to the show to get ideas about decorating their own gardens," said Elrod.

Visitors are not only invited to stroll through the area to view local gardens, but can also enjoy artistic creations for sale at booths along the main street of Niles. Paintings, jewelry, found object sculptures, pottery, digital photos, etch-a-sketch art, glassblowing, oil and watercolor painting, and jewelry making are always a great draw for attendees. Of course, plants will also be available for sale. The Niles Wildflower Art and Garden Show is not only an ideal place to get new ideas for gardens but can spark unique decorating concepts for any home or office.

Visitors can pick up maps from Tyme for Tea located at 37501 Niles Blvd., Fremont. Advanced tickets for the garden show are available at Antique Treasures, Bite and Browse, Corrie Glass, Keith's Collectibles, and My Friends and I. Festival booths will be located along Niles Boulevard in Fremont from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There is no entry free to browse art and flower booths.

Niles Annual Wildflower, Art and Garden Show
Sunday, May 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 742-9868

Garden Tour
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $12 (advance); $ 15 (day of event)
(510) 742-9868

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