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21st Annual Union Hill Garden Tour invites the public to explore nearly 20 gardens in one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods

Includes trolley service, a UMKC string quartet and Union Hill restaurant specials; Union Cemetery Historical Society and Neighborhood Association benefit from June 12 event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 25, 2016) – The public is invited to experience the beauty of one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods during the 21st Annual Union Hill Garden Tour on Sunday, June 12. Nearly 20 private and community gardens will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year the event will include the return of trolley service throughout the neighborhood from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The self-guided tours will begin at 31st Street and Grand Avenue and tickets are required. The trollies will be free of charge, however Garden Tour tickets are required to ride from destination to destination. 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 will be present at this year’s event, selling a wide variety of hosta plants during the tour and 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. Neighborhood restaurants near 31st and Oak Streets will also offer food and drink specials to Garden Tour attendees following the event.

Half of the proceeds from the Garden Tour will be donated to 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 the Union Hill Neighborhood Association to pay for newsletters, neighborhood cleanups and various neighborhood projects.

What:                       21st Annual Union Hill Garden Tour

When:                      Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:                  Union Hill Neighborhood
                                The self-guided tours will begin at 31st Street and Grand Avenue

Admission:              $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 years and up), 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: uchskc.org

Parking:                   Complimentary parking will be available in the KCPT lots at 31st Street and Grand Avenue

Restaurant Offers:    The following offers from neighborhood restaurants will be available to Garden Tour attendees:

                                 Barrel 31 (400 E. 31st Street):
        Flower Power – Bombay Sapphire, Cucumber-Lavender Shrub, Cava. $5.00
        Fried Green Tomatoes – Cornmeal Crusted Green Tomatoes, Mustard Caviar, Green Goddess Dressing. $5.00 per order.

                                The Drop Bar & Bistro (409 E. 31st Street):
        Garden Caprihinia – Cachaca-based cocktail with fresh herbs, sugar and lime over crushed ice with lime. $5.00
        Veggie Sandwich – Hummus, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, red pepper, red onion, spinach, feta. Served with kettle chips. $6.00

                                Sol Cantina (408 E. 31st Street):
        $3 Mimosas
        $3 Loaded Coronas

                                Tower Tavern (401 E. 31st Street):
        $4 off homemade pizzas
        $1 off cans of PBR and Hamm’s beer

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 young professionals, established mobile mid-career and active empty nesters. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning more than 16 city blocks nestled between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and 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. Bob Frye leads the overall development, preservation and advancement of Union Hill with a more than 30-year history of ownership and solid development that builds on 150 years of history with a long term vision and commitment to the neighborhood. Kansas City’s history is embraced throughout the district. 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.

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