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Westport Hidden Garden Tour promises garden delights

Published 6:20 pm, Thursday, May 15, 2014
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The Westport Historical Society's Hidden Garden Tour of gardens in Westport and Fairfield will be held on Sunday, June 8. The annual tour includes a look of five gardens, a garden market on Veterans Green across from Town Hall, and a garden party under a tent that evening, also on Veterans Green.

This year the garden tour includes three homes and gardens in Westport and two in Fairfield:

"Discovery and Restoration," a spacious garden with a 1767 house originally owned by artist George Hand Wright, includes specimen trees, flower beds, a restored pond and wetlands, and a secret garden behind the painter's studio. "Inspiration of Roses," is a home and garden in the Gorham Avenue Historic District near downtown Westport whose owners are beekeepers as well as gardeners. There is a shade garden and a sunnier area with borders of flowers. "Summer Hill Bliss" is a garden on a private Green's Farms cul-de-sac with plantings inspired by the New York Botanical Garden, a formal garden divided into three rooms, and a pool area featuring a white garden that changes with the seasons.

"Continuous Blooming Color," owned by landscape architects in the Stratfield section of Fairfield, offers a perennial garden that provides color and bloom from March to October. The property includes garden of wetland grasses, flowering native plants and a 100-year-old spring-fed swimming pool. "Greenfield Hill Gem" is an 1824 Dutch-style house on Greenfield Hill in Fairfield with a garden that was originally an English rose garden designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, the creator of New York's Central Park.

At the Hidden Garden Tour's garden market, offered during the hours of the tour, there will be a variety of home and garden items for sale including plants, garden tools, antiques, jewelry and accessories. The market will also include music, old-fashioned croquet, food and beverage tastings, and garden demonstrations. Advice on such gardening problems as deer, shady gardens, and variations in dry and wet soil will also be available. A garden party will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m under a tent on Veterans Green including live and silent auctions, jazz, and hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by local restaurants.

Hours for the garden tour are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ticket prices are $40 for Historical Society members, $50 for nonmembers, and $55 the day of the tour. Tickets for the garden party are $50 per person. Admission is free to the garden market. Transportation to the gardens will be available for an additional $20 per person.

Tickets for the tour and garden party can be purchased online at www.westporthistory.org; at the Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; or by calling 203- 222-1424. Tickets and garden directions will be available for pick-up at the garden market on tour day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a seat for tour transportation, call 203-222-1424.