Tacoma Community Garden Tour Aug. 23

Discover some of Tacoma’s hidden treasures from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23, during the 2nd annual Tacoma Community Garden Tour.

Passport maps for self-guided tours will be available at Tacoma’s Proctor Farmers Market the day of the event. You can also e-mail growingconversation@gmail.com, or pick up maps at TAGRO headquarters, 2201 Portland Ave., Gate 5, Tacoma, or download one at http://www.growlocaltacoma.com .

A bike tour guided by the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club will depart from the Proctor Street entry of the Proctor Farmers Market at 11 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out a waiver. Riders will have the opportunity to ride back to the Proctor Farmers Market. The route is approximately 10 miles over mostly flat terrain, though there are some moderate hills. Helmets are required; bring your own snacks and water.

Tour stop locations include:

– Proctor Farmers Market, South 27th & Proctor (bike tour meet-up and/or pick up your map)

– North Proctor & 21st

– Franklin Park, South 12th & Puget Sound Avenue (far south corner of park)

– Guadalupe Land Trust’s La Grande garden, South 18th & G

– Neighbors Park community garden, South 8th & I

– The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S. (discounts for tourgoers on local food specials)

Get your passport map stamped at all four gardens and receive a free plant, courtesy of the Pierce Conservation District, at the tour’s final garden stop at South 8th & I streets. There will also be several community booths at this stop.

In celebration of community gardens and local food, tourgoers who show their passport map on Saturday will get a 50 percent discount on special local food dishes at The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S.

For more information, e-mail growingconversation@gmail.com .

The Tacoma Community Garden Tour is a collaboration of the Pierce Conservation District, City of Tacoma’s TAGRO, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club and Exit133.