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10th Annual Garden Tour & Lakeside in Bloom Beautification Awards


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10:00am – 04:00pm

Winning Gardens throughout Lakeside

The Lakeside in Bloom Beautification Awards Program honors those who have worked to promote the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds. Guests and residents are invited to experience these landscapes on a self-guided Garden Tour.

Garden Tour

This year, the 10th Annual Garden Tour will take place over multiple days from Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 29, Lakeside in Bloom Beautification Award winners may be available within their gardens during the self-guided Garden Tour to answer questions. On Tuesday, June 30-Thursday, July 2, attendees are invited to participate in the self-guided tour, but should view gardens from the sidewalk.    

Tour attendees may pick up a map of the winning gardens to explore on their own. Maps are available at the gates, Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside front desks and the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office.

Lakeside in Bloom Beautification Awards

The Beautification Awards recognize four classes, including public, business, feature and residential. Entries are judged by horticulture professionals who evaluate each garden.

The gardens will be judged on the following criteria: plant material, color texture and quality, design and construction, design and hardscape, and unification and overall appearance.

The award classes consist of public gardens, maintained by a group of amateur gardeners for public appreciation; business gardens, maintained on a commercial site by owner; residential gardens, professional or hobbyist; and feature gardens, an area planted and cared for by a hobbyist.

Areas may include features such as formal garden beds, fountains, rock gardens, water garden features, groups of potted plants, unique vegetable gardens or beauty spots.

Individual winners and all garden tour participants will receive awards. A Judge’s Choice Award will be given. All residents will be considered for this honor.

The 2015 Lakeside in Bloom Beautification Award Nomination Form will be available soon. Visit our website frequently for updates to the programming schedule.

Admission/Parking Information

Once inside the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua, there is no additional fee to attend the self-guided Garden Tour.

A special pass to enter the grounds of Lakeside for the Garden Tour on Monday, June 29 only is available for $10. The special pass includes auto and admission to the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Hoover Auditorium that evening.

To attend the tour from Tuesday, June 30-Thursday, July 2, guests are encouraged to purchase a Partial Day Chautauqua Pass for $6.75; valid for three hours. The pass does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performances those evenings and does not include auto.

Guests may also purchase a Daily Chautauqua Pass, which is $20.50 for adults and $14 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free, but require complimentary passes, which are available upon entering Lakeside Chautauqua.

For those with a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass, there is no additional charge.

To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $10 per day (complimentary shuttle service available at select locations). Parking is also available at the South Gate Parking Lot for $5 per day (complimentary shuttle service available from the parking lot) and the Danbury School Parking Lot for $1 per day (no shuttle service; limited parking dates based on school schedule).

For more information about Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes, visit or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 247.

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Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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