Artists, gardeners and children alike can enjoy a stroll through the gardens of the historic Cathedral District this Sunday.

Theo Art School is hosting its 18th Annual Garden Walk fundraiser, the school’s only fundraiser of the year.

“Aside from summer art camps, this fundraiser keeps us going the whole year,” Liliana Norby, Theo Art School’s executive director, said.

The garden walk started as a small fundraiser with only a few featured gardens, artists’ exhibits and raffles 17 years ago.

This year’s Garden Walk features 10 gardens and more activities for the whole family. Norby, who is organizing the garden walk for the first time, promises a family-centered event.

There will be a student-run lemonade stand at every garden, an art exhibit of selected Theo students’ and professional artists’ work at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 320 E. Ave. B, a chance to win original art work by Maggie Belle Herr, music provided by Suzuki School of Music, and a Kid’s Corner with activities for children of all ages.

Norby envisioned the walk “on a July summer day, centered around the families of Theo Art School.” All gardens at this summer’s Garden Walk are in the Cathedral District and within walking distance of each other.

This year’s walk will be different from past years when the participants were avid gardeners or art patrons, and the gardens were all over town.

Susan Holland, a garden consultant and writer, is excited to share her garden with others, and to participate in the Garden Walk for the first time.

“I’m a garden geek,” she said. “I love all plants, new ones, old ones, unusual ones.”

Where three years ago there was just grass, Holland designed and created a garden with daylilies, lilies, foam flowers, and perenials.

Holland runs ND Garden Coach, a garden consultation business, has a garden-centered blog called “Digging Dakota,” and is writing a book about gardening.

Theo students also will be adding a special touch to the neighborhood for the first time. An art camp of about 30 students will paint a nature inspired yard mural along a wall on Washington Avenue and Avenue C as the gateway to the Garden Walk.

The Garden Walk begins 11 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Washington Avenue and Avenue C. Walkers may come and go until the event ends at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the walk.

For more information about the Garden Walk or to buy advanced tickets, call Theo Art School at 222-6452 or e-mail

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