22nd Annual Union Hill Garden Tour features more than 20 gardens in one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 1, 2017) – The public is invited to experience the beauty of one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods during the 22nd Annual Union Hill Garden Tour on Sunday, June 11. More than 20 private and community gardens are on the tour for viewing from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at unionhillkc.com or uchskc.org.
The self-guided tours begin at 31st Street and Grand Avenue and include complimentary transportation to take attendees throughout the neighborhood from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the KCPT parking lot which is located across the street from the KCPT building on the north side of 31st Street. Free garage parking will also be available adjacent to the new Café Europa and Underdog Wine Co. located on the west side of Gillham Road.
In addition to the self-guided tour, a string-quartet from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance will perform live, classical music from noon – 2:00 p.m. Made in the Shade is joining this year’s event, selling a wide variety of hosta plants during the tour. Union Hill Animal Hospital will have pet treats and goodie bags available along the tour.
Additionally, guests can explore the history of the neighboring 27-acre Union Cemetery, Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery. The Union Cemetery Historical Society will have volunteers at its office during the tour and will sell copies of the cemetery’s official history book, Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future from the Garden of Time. Union Hill is sponsoring the event and several of its neighborhood businesses including Cafe Europa, Tower Tavern and Underdog Wine Co. will offer discounts, food and drink specials to Garden Tour attendees.
Half of the proceeds from the Garden Tour will support the Union Cemetery Historical Society, a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore, maintain, and preserve Union Cemetery. The other half of the proceeds will go to support the Union Hill Neighborhood Association and future garden tours.
What: 22nd Annual Union Hill Garden Tour
When: Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Union Hill Neighborhood
The self-guided tours will begin at 31st Street and Grand Avenue. Maps will be provided onsite the day of.
Admission: $10 for adults and children under 12 are free
Tickets can be purchased at the time of the event with cash or credit card, as well as online: Unionhillkc.com or Uchskc.org
Parking: Complimentary parking will be available in the Union Hill Retail Parking Garage and at the
KCPT Parking lot at 31st Street and Grand.
Local The following offers from neighborhood businesses will be available to Garden Tour
Cafe Europa (2976 Gillham Road):
$5 Bloody Mary’s
Tower Tavern (401 E. 31st Street):
$4 off Pizzas
$3 off Appetizers
Underdog Wine Co. (2984 Gillham Road):
15% off wine; free wine tasting
Beneficiary: Half the event proceeds will benefit the Union Cemetery Historical Society (UCHS), a non-profit organization aiding in the maintenance and preservation of burial records and grounds of Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery. For additional information, please visit uchskc.org. The other half goes to the Union Hill Neighborhood Association (UHNA), to pay for newsletters, neighborhood cleanup, and other neighborhood projects.
About Union Hill
Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods with more than 1000 residents. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning 16 city blocks nestled between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 29th Street on the north. Overlooking the downtown skyline, the Union Hill district offers convenient living surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, fitness and some of Kansas City’s major employers. Union Hill has a more than 30-year history of local ownership and solid development that builds on its 150 years of history. For more information, visit www.unionhill.com or follow the latest at on www.facebook.com/unionhillkc, @UHILLKC on Twitter and Instagram or call 816-777-5900.