For 23 years, the Westport Historical Society has hosted a Hidden Garden Tour.
It’s not only the gardens that are hidden. Afterward each one, without fail, folks say, “Damn! I missed it!”
So here’s a head’s-up on this year’s event. Set for this Sunday, June 14 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), it includes 7 beautifully landscaped gardens — 6 in Westport, plus 1 in Southport that’s the only cut flower farm in Fairfield County.
They include cutting, woodland, rose and shade gardens. There’s also a very intriguing “micro-garden” — small, but every square inch is meticulously filled with plants, sculptures and stonework.
Special highlights at some gardens include ring toss, tea and granola tastings, Qi gong moving meditation demonstrations, and music.
But wait — there’s more! A free Garden Market on the WHS lawn (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) offers homegrown and homemade specialty items from local cottage businesses.
And there’s a post-tour Garden Party (5-7:30 p.m., Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens). The WHS has rounded up a spectacular list of items, including a 1-week safari; stays in the Berkshires, Cape Cod, Washington DC and Tribeca; original art by Westport artists Charles Reid, Miggs Burroughs, Leonard Everett Fisher and David Kalman; a private tour of Philip Johnson’s New Canaan Glass House, and a Cajun dinner.
Other local donors include Salon DeMatteo, Christie’s Service Station, Coffee An’, The Westport Country Playhouse, Kibberia, Spotted Horse, Rizzuto’s, Tarry Lodge and Farewell Travels.
Did I mention the Garden Party features a “hat competition” for best gentleman’s, best lady’s, best use of fresh flowers, most creative and crowd favorite?
Not up for driving from garden to garden? The WHS has mapped out a bike route.
There was a lot of stuff “hidden” in the Historical Society’s press release about Sunday’s event. To find out even more about the garden tour (and purchase tickets), click here. And for the garden party, click here.