Re: GARDEN TOUR
Sorry I didn’t see this question sooner…I was busy on the blog comments, I guess. Oops!
My advice: Do the detail stuff. I edge, mulch, and otherwise preen just before tours. Make a difference.
If certain areas are not “ready” yet and you can’t get to them, say so. I sometimes make it a point of interest to have a sign on a stake in those spots or a flyer at check-in saying “What’s going on here?” and detail projects-to-be-done-later, and invite their thoughts about what I’m planning.
Be available. I man my garden tours myself…I welcome each visitor, and tell them where I will be stationed when they wish to come back with questions. I answer every single one, even if it takes hours and hours.
When people arrive, suggest a route to view the garden via. I explain to each arriving group the basic course, and reassure them I’ll be there near the entrance when they are done (I don’t try to tour people around, as I think the welcoming/questions after is more important).
Wishing you every bit of success with the visits.