The Soroptimist Garden Tour will be taking place this coming weekend (May 19th and 20th) throughout Nevada County, for a map click here.  Take a tour of some amazing gardens either Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm and help support the non-profit Soroptimist International organization.  Tickets available at the garden gates or stop by one of the many local vendors and save $5 when you purchase your ticket in advance.  Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply is not only selling tickets, but they have generously donated an amazing giveaway basket for one lucky Outside Inn blog reader.  To be entered in the draw please post a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite thing about gardening.  The prize package is worth just over $90 and includes:

  • Containers are the Veggie Bed System (produce bags you take to the grocery store, scanner deducts the bag weight on the scale at checkout)
  • Women’s M Green Bamboo gloves with nitrile lining
  • 8 Peaceful Valley organic, non-GMO vegetable seed packs
  • 3 Peaceful Valley open pollinated flower seed packs
  • Garden Snips
  • Pack of 5 Garden Art blank greeting cards
  • Signed copy of Talking Dirt book by Annie Spiegelman (basics of organic gardening)
  • 2 4″ organic tomato plants, Legend and German Pink
  • 2 homemade greetings cards by Erin

The winner will be drawn on Monday, May 21st by and posted on the Outside Inn blog.  The prize can be mailed, but please note that the tomato plants will not be shipped (we promise to take good care of them at the Outside Inn if we have to).  One comment per person.

And the lucky winners from last week’s Treats giveaway the winners are Heather Hunt and Nora.  Please stop by the Outside Inn office to collect your gift certificates.  And because we got such a great response, I’ve got 5 extra 10% off coupons for a few extra Treats fans, those winners are: Kurt Stephens, Georgette, Jeanne Duerst, Alicia Funk and Sydney Moberg.

© 2012 InnSide Nevada City

49 replies
  1. Polly
    Polly says:

    I love the flowers- nothing is better than an arrangement of fresh flowers on the kitchen table. Or looking out the window at a colorful bed of blossoms. And I love tomatoes from other peoples gardens- I am vegetable cursed but keep trying every year.

  2. Jen shears
    Jen shears says:

    I love how gardening opens your eyes to the smallest details… I agree, very zen.

  3. Lisa O
    Lisa O says:

    I love how gardening helps me slow down and appreciate how plants, insects and everything work together. And of course, I love having fresh, organic food just outside my door!

  4. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    My favorite thing about gardening is how therapeutic and relaxing it is. There’s nothing like working the soil with your bare hands. And the payback for all the hard work is rewarding too.

  5. Eloise
    Eloise says:

    I love all gardening but the most exciting part of a garden is seeing the blooms being pushed away, making way for the little baby fruit! It’s so tranquil to watch what your hands have been blessed to create!

  6. Erika
    Erika says:

    I love it all, getting my hands in the dirt. Picking what seeds to plant where and to see the end result of nice plants everywhere.

  7. regina
    regina says:

    i love that my three children are learning where “real food” comes from 🙂
    and the meaning of “real work”!

  8. Megan
    Megan says:

    Gardening is what keeps me grounded. Physically and emotionally. 🙂 If I don’t get to send “x” amount of time gardening each week, it really affects me negatively. Gardening puts me at peace. Gardening = sanity!

  9. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    I love the smell of wet dirt but most of all I like looking at and smelling the final result! 🙂

  10. Holly
    Holly says:

    The pop of sun-warmed tomatoes in your mouth: the perfect snack as you weed. I love watching my kids eager to check the garden every day to see what’s new. They love their vegetables because they helped grow them!

  11. Stephanie Levings
    Stephanie Levings says:

    My favorite thing about gardening is Nevada County what a perfect environment we have here.

  12. Tara
    Tara says:

    I love the quietness it brings in the midst of life that is loud and busy. There is something beautiful about watching something transform out of something so small. How plants have been designed to flourish is amazing!

  13. Shawn Tuttle
    Shawn Tuttle says:

    I love being in the garden, the quietness that settles in, the joy of being outside co-creating with nature, the peacefulness that I get to be a part of. XO

  14. Jen R
    Jen R says:

    I just love having the freshest food to eat….such a difference compared to the stuff you get at the supermarket!

  15. Stacey Zavala
    Stacey Zavala says:

    I love gardening with my students because they realize patience in growing their food, appreciation for the work our farmers and gardeners do, and when they grow a purple carrot….they will eat it! I love that they come running to discover and tend to their creations each and every day at recess and lunch.

  16. Chowning Poppler
    Chowning Poppler says:

    I enjoy watching my garden grow and change throughout the seasons. Barbara Winkler said it best, “Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle…a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to light, a bud straining to unfurl.”

  17. Kate Strolle
    Kate Strolle says:

    I feel so in touch with the earth when I am gardening. It is a time to get dirty and enjoy life and all it has to offer.

  18. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    Very cool giveaway! My favorite thing about gardening is fresh tomatoes!

  19. Karen B.
    Karen B. says:

    How I wish I could hop on a plane and visit the show with you! What a fun giveaway. Gardening is relaxing, but I do mine all in pots.

  20. Leslie Guinan
    Leslie Guinan says:

    Right now, my favorite thing about gardening is that it’s the only time my puppy will just lie down and hang out. She must sense the calming effect it has on me!

  21. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    Gardening gets me away from my computer and out of my head. When I see color where there was none, it makes me smile.

  22. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    I love the feel of the sun on my back, the smell of the dirt, the taste of fresh produce! I am experimenting with different mints for Moroccan Tea and Mojitos…yum!

  23. Melissa Silva
    Melissa Silva says:

    When I am in the garden I seem to remember myself in a totally different way. With the earth in my hands there is a familiarity and comfort I can get no other way. And then I get to eat all that I have planted! How cool is that?

  24. Melissa Silva
    Melissa Silva says:

    When I am in my garden I remember myself in a completely different way. With the earth in my hands there is a quietness I feel as I plant my seeds. Then I get to eat what I have planted. How cool is that!

  25. Athena
    Athena says:

    You do such an awesome job providing our town with the latest and greatest. Always so appreciative! Keep up the awesome work 🙂

  26. Heather Hunt
    Heather Hunt says:

    I love seeing my two young boys enjoy planting, digging and harvesting! It brings such delight.

  27. Melinda Booth
    Melinda Booth says:

    My favorite thing about gardening is the satisfaction felt when harvesting the first offering of the season.

  28. denise cain
    denise cain says:

    I planted a butterfly garden last year, and those plants were the first to bloom this spring, signaling the end of winter in Cascade Shores. You can’t imagine the magic of seeing my 9 month old puppy, Butters, chasing his first butterfly across the garden and lawn, his big green eyes lit up with his amazement at the little creature. Gardening is MAGIC.

  29. Katie
    Katie says:

    I love watching my kids stand in the garden, dwarfed by climbing vines, gobbling the whole cucumber they just picked straight from the vine. Yum!

  30. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    The thing I love most about gardening is the nostalgic feeling I get whenever I put my hands in the dirt. It reminds me of being a child again helping my parents plant our garden every spring. It is very honest and natural. I love also that I am able to share this with my own children.

  31. Janina Witteborg
    Janina Witteborg says:

    To be in awe of the MIRACLE of a seed bursting through the soil is one that I hope to pass along to my children.

  32. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    Every season it’s like magic watching tiny little sprouts mature to produce fruits and vegetables for our table.

  33. Wanda Shulak
    Wanda Shulak says:

    The colors, the smells, the stages of growth. A great escape whether you are working in the yard or sitting back and enjoying it. We have many birds, including humming birds and bees and butterflies that enjoy it also.

  34. Sara P.
    Sara P. says:

    My favorite thing about gardening is puttering around the backyard looking at my plants, and also cooking with my bounty!!

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