BY EMILY GRAHAM

ORWIGSBURG — The Orwigsburg Historical Society’s Afternoon Garden Tour and Tea returns Sunday to showcase local gardens.

Jennifer Bowen, president of the society, said the program has not been held in 12 years. She had hoped to have it return last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it.

“This is the first year we’re bringing it back,” Bowen said. “We had many people asking about what happened to it.”

The tour will feature gardens in Orwigsburg, including Kathy Farr-Parker’s garden, and in Pine Grove.

The other locations will be available the day of the tour.

Bowen said participants will receive a tour booklet with addresses and descriptions of the gardens with their tickets, which can be purchased Sunday at the Orwigsburg Historical Society.

Tickets cost $20 for society members and $25 for nonmembers. The event will raise money for the society, which is located at 109 E. Mifflin St.

“It’s really for anyone — beginning gardeners, people who appreciate beautiful things, or people looking for ideas for their own garden,” Bowen said.

The tea will be held at 419 Market Cafe & Eatery. Bowen said it will be a full tea service, including iced tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches, scones and more.

“The tea is going to be fantastic,” Bowen said.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, with the tea open all day.

“You can do a garden, stop at the tea, then do another garden,” Bowen said. “You can go at your own pace.”

Season’s Art Landscape Design, also featured on the tour, will offer a 10% discount to participants.

Bowen said that after the 2020 program season was canceled during the pandemic, the 2021 programs have been successful to date. She expects at least 50 people to attend the tour.

“We’re planning on an elegant, enjoyable and relaxing event,” Bowen said. “It will be a nice, different kind of afternoon.”