Historical Society to host garden tour
Published 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Westport Historical Society will hold its 22nd annual Hidden Garden Tour at five area residences from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2.
Gardens on the tour, which will showcase three Westport homes and two homes in Wilton, were created in several styles, some informal, others high concept, according to a news release. Tour participants will have a chance to see how the owners of showplace plantings have coped with such challenges as climate change, this year's late spring and the devastation from storms Irene and Sandy.
The locations of the gardens are not announced until the morning of the event.
Properties to be featured on the tour, embarking from the Garden Marketplace across from the society, 25 Avery Place, include:
A terrace garden covering part of a sloping, four-acre property first occupied by a house dating to the 1740s. The home has been expanded over the years, and the current owner has added color-dappled, terraced beds reminiscent of gardens she visited in England.
A property once home to a Christmas tree farm that now has beds of iris and peonies, a pool circled by weeping hornbeam and Japanese maples and a display of climbing roses.
An English garden set in a glade of specimen trees and shrubs with a brook running through it. It features a large birdcage gazebo, terraced "rooms" of perennials and annuals, and a walled, fountain-fed rose garden. A sunken sculpture garden is surrounded by Rose of Sharon, French lilacs, hydrangea and roses. The property also features a pool, tennis courts, an Egyptian figure, a vintage white flower cart and a gathering of birdcages.
Six rolling acres of former farmland which boasts groves of specimen trees and conifers, orchards, terraced vegetable beds, an Asian garden and meditation garden, all in arboretum-style rooms. Recently, a formal garden inspired by Versailles' Trianon Palace sprouted on this formally arranged property.
The marketplace, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will have about two dozen vendors selling plants, garden tools and accessories, the release states. It will also offer other items such as jewelry, lavender-scented pillows, beach blankets and apparel and olive oils.
The tour and marketplace will be followed by a Toast the Tour party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gilbertie's Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane. It will include wine, food and music and a silent and live auction. Tickets to the party are $50.
Tour tickets are $35 for members, $45 in advance for non-members and $50 the day of the tour as early as 9 a.m. at the marketplace.
Proceeds will benefit the society's educational programs.
Shuttle bus rides for the tour will be available from noon to 4 p.m. for an additional $15. Shuttle tickets should be bought in advance as seating is limited.
The event is rain or shine, and all tickets are non-refundable. Attendance to the marketplace is free.
Photography is not permitted in the gardens.
For information and reservations, call 203-222-1424 or visit www.westporthistory.org.