Garden Lovers -- be sure to mark Sunday, June 8th, on your calendars! That’s when the Westport Historical Society rolls out its annual Hidden Garden Tour of five exceptional properties in Westport and Fairfield, and a Garden Market on the town’s Veterans Green, followed by a gala Garden Party that evening under a festive tent also on Veterans Green. “This year’s tour is the perfect spring tonic for any lingering winter blahs after our experience of five months of cold, dreary weather,” says HGT Chair and WHS President, Edward F. Gerber. Among the gardens to be showcased on the self-guided tour is one its owners say “has put the green in Greens Farms.” And another at a land-marked house that once belonged to George Hand Wright, dean of Westport’s art community from 1907 to 1951. Green-thumbs can learn how others deal with such problems as nibbling deer, large swaths of shade, and variations in dry and wet soil. The five venues of the Garden Tour will offer visitors the opportunity to connect to nature will all their senses. Garden experiences will include musicians, old-fashioned croquet, moving meditation demonstrations, food and beverage tastings, and garden experts. Tour-goers can start or finish their rounds by checking out the Garden Market on Veterans Green, adjacent to WHS headquarters. A variety of practical and fanciful items for home and garden will be for sale including plants, garden tools, antiques, jewelry, and accessories. Admission is free. Following the garden tour and market will be the Garden Party, also on Veterans Green, from 6:30 to 9:00. Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by local restaurants and caterers, silent and live auctions, while listening to live jazz. Tickets are $50 per person. Hours for the Garden Tour are 11am to 4pm. Ticket prices are $40 for WHS members, $50 for non-members, and $55 if purchased on the day of the tour. A jitney service will be available to the gardens at an additional $20 per person. To reserve a seat, call WHS at 203-222-1424. Tickets for the Garden Tour and Garden Party may be purchased online at www.westporthistory.org, or by visiting or calling Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, 203- 222-1424 across from Westport Town Hall. Tickets and garden directions will be available for pick up Sunday, June 8th, from 10am to 2pm at the Garden Market.
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