Mark your calendar for these home and garden events

Mark your calendar for these home and garden events

Riverside Avondale garden tour Saturday

Immerse yourself in the beauty of spring on Saturday, May 8, during the Riverside Avondale Garden Tour. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event highlights both large and small gardens as homeowners share the wide variety of outdoor spaces tailored for relaxation and enjoyment in this historic neighborhood.

Held for the first time in many years, the tour includes 12 residential homes, five businesses and three community parks. Visitors may walk, bike, drive or ride as they discover inspiration and learn tips or tricks to transform their own yards.

Highlights also include drinks and refreshments at many locations, live music from local performers and expert gardeners on hand to answer questions or provide advice.

Tickets may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the event at the Riverside Avondale Preservation office, 2623 Herschel St. Tickets may also be purchased at Riverside Arts Market starting at 10 a.m. For more information visit and

Give Mom an early Mother's Day present by taking her on a garden tour, hosted by Riverside Avondale Preservation on May 8.

Shredding events planned

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is hosting three free community shredding events at its branch offices in Fleming Island, Mandarin and Murabella at World Golf Village. At each event, the real estate company will collect donations for charitable organizations that serve each office’s area. 


  • Fleming Island — Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3535 U.S. Highway 17, Fleming Island. Donations will benefit Pace Center for Girls, Clay. 
  • Mandarin — Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 11576 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville. Nonperishable food items and cash donations will be collected for Feeding Northeast Florida. 
  • Murabella at World Golf Village — Saturday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 196 Capulet Drive, near the intersection of State Road 16 and Pacetti Road/World Golf Village International Parkway. The company will collect nonperishable food items and cash donations for Pie in the Sky and Our Lady of Good Counsel area food pantries in St. Johns County.