Thanks for following these garden etiquette tips while visiting homes, nurseries, growers, etc.

  1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
  2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting
  3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
  4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
  5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
  6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
  7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
  8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
  9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
  10. We stay on the path, with our host…and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
  11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
  12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!
she's telling us about a dream she had about this tree when they first moved into their Santa Margarita home—it reached down and held her hand

during this garden tour, the host tells the crowd about a dream she had with this enormous tree when they first moved into their Santa Margarita home—it reached down and held her hand