It was a glorious weekend for the 24th annual Hidden Garden Tour on Sunday, June 14, hosted by the Westport Historical Society.

Despite a delayed spring caused by the brutal winter of 2015, the flowers at our seven gardens rallied magnificently in the bright June sunshine. Everyone gave the gardens an enthusiastic two (green) thumbs up!

Tour-goers were offered a variety of tasty refreshments like protein shakes, iced tea from David’s Tea, cookies and treats from the Granola Bar, lemonade and ice cream from a vintage Good Humor truck. They also enjoyed being entertained by the Windflower Flute Quartet, playing ring toss, and observing Qi (chi) Gong, a mind-body meditation practice demonstrated in a Zen garden.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the homeowners who made this year’s tour possible by graciously opening up their gardens: Andrea Turner, Jane Sherman, Celeste LaCroix, Evelyn Lee, Anne Rutherford, Dr. Kenneth Lippman and Mar Jennings.

We applaud the professional expertise from Sheri Forster of the Scottish Gardener and Eva Chiamulera with Austin Ganim Landscape Design. And we also thank the Garden Captains: Ed Gerber, Terri Mason, Maggie Parkhurst, Kelle Ruden and Eva Chiamulera, along with the many docents who volunteered their time and efforts.

The tour is made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors. Annual Sponsors include: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Sheffer Foundation, Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Berchem Moses & Devlin, Sachs Walsh Insurance, Maplewood Senior Living, and Brown’s Monument Works. Our event sponsors included: Austin Ganim Landscape Design LLC, HTG Investment Advisors, the Care of Trees, Darton & Co., Darien Rowayton Bank, Connecticut Arborists, Inc., Law Offices of George Judd, LLC, Edward F. Gerber, Cycleology, Farewell Travels LLC, and media sponsors Westport Magazine/Moffly Media and Connecticut Gardener Magazine.

The day was hot and sunny, but it did not deter our tour-goers from enjoying all seven gardens. The Hidden Garden Tour is one of the highlights of the WHS annual calendar and we are grateful to the community who continues to support us with their attendance and passion for seeing exquisite outdoor environments.

Next year is the 25th anniversary, and we plan to make it a truly memorable experience, so please mark your calendars!

Ed Gerber

WHS board president

Susan Gold

Executive director