WALTERS — If you’re in need of holiday inspiration, look no further than the annual Christmas Home Tour through the most festive homes in Walters.
This is the 10th home tour hosted by the Dahlia Garden Club, said MaryAnn Holman, chair of the Christmas Home Tour.
Last year’s tour was unfortunately canceled due to inclement weather, but Holman said this year should more than make up for it.
“It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and a good way to start off your holiday,” Holman said.
The tour will start at Cotton Bloom Florist, where attendees will receive homemade cookies and hot cider for their journey.
“(Cotton Bloom Florist) is new in the community,” said Holman, adding that the shop’s building is delightfully rustic. “(Tour attendees) will be able to look the place over.”
From there, participants will tour the homes of Jaclyn and Chaz Borden and Meggs and John Nease.
“They’re both well decorated for the holidays,” Holman said of the homes. “They were both supposed to be on last year’s tour and they were gracious enough to come back this year.”
The tour will also take people through local businesses The Naked Mermaid Soapery, Horse Sense Graphics and The Bunkhouse Cabins and RV Park, where they will have the chance to win door prizes.
Holman said the garden club is grateful to the homes and businesses that will open their doors to the tour this year.
“It’s a major fundraiser for us,” she said. “All of the funds go to our civic and community projects.”
The Dahlia Garden Club has been in existence for more than six decades. One of its most prominent projects is maintaining the garden beds outside the Walters High School auditorium, which it has faithfully done for years.
“There are shrubs in that planting that were planted by this club in the 1960s, when that auditorium was first built,” Holman said.
Holman said proceeds from the home tour will help the club purchase plants, flowers, gardening tools and mulch to use in the beds, for which they coordinate care with local 4-H members. Even WHS teachers help water the beds in the summer months.
For Holman, ensuring the beds stay beautiful is a way to serve the broader community.
“At that auditorium, every kind of event is held,” Holman said, “not just school events, but many community events, too.”