Photos courtesy of: Erica Luna
Several families in the Drake Neighborhood have been sprucing up their homes in preparation the annual Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour. The Drake Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour was this past weekend.
The Home and Garden Tour is an annual event hosted by the Drake Neighborhood Association. This event is the association’s main fundraiser each year. Money raised from ticket sales will help fund neighborhood beautification efforts and events such as National Night Out, which is an annual event that gives people a chance to get out and meet their neighbors.
In addition to raising money, the tour planning committee also hopes that the event will bring new people to the Drake Neighborhood. “We really want to showcase the homes in the area that people have spent a lot of time on and get people here. Especially people who maybe don’t come to the drake neighborhood very often,” said Erica Luna, planning committee member.
The tour consisted of seven different homes. Four of the families showed off both their home and garden while the other three homeowners gave a tour of their yard and gardens. “Our favorite part of the house to show people is actually our front porch. It is so much fun to sit there and be a part of the neighborhood,” said Lilianna Bernstein, one of the homeowners. Bernstein has called the Drake Neighborhood home since she moved into Stalnaker Residence Hall her freshman year at Drake University.
The Drake Neighborhood Association is the second oldest and one of the largest in the city of Des Moines. The neighborhood consists of people living between Interstate-235 to Franklin Avenue and 42nd Parkway. Erica Luna expresses the impact the Home and Garden Tour has on the Drake community:
“The Drake Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour encourages people from all over Des Moines— including Drake students— to come walk through our neighborhood and see it from a different perspective,” said Bernstein.