Sponsorships are available for Garden Tour

            Sponsorship opportunities still are available for the 19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, the Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace, and the Toast the Tour pre-tour party.

Photo by Kat Cameron

Toast the Tour will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at a gracious Westport home. The garden tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at several beautifully landscaped homes in Westport and Fairfield. The marketplace will take place on the grounds of the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, and the adjacent Veterans Green, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13. All three events, which are eagerly anticipated every year, benefit the myriad programs of the Westport Historical Society, an educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating the history of Westport.

 The sponsors to date are BNY Mellon Wealth Management, the lead sponsor; Berchem, Moses & Devlin, Attorneys & Counselors at Law; The Fresh Market; Kowalsky Bros.; Leigh Overland Architect; Patriot National Bank; Weichert Capital Properties & Estates; Contour Landscaping Co.; Tauck and Romano; Fountainhead Wines & Distillations: Green Village Initiatives; HSBC; SIRDevelopment/Westport Residential; Venture Photography; Catamount Wealth Management; Cindy and Rob Citrone; Goldman, Gruder and Woods; Darton Insurance; Venture Photography; and William Pitt Sotheby’s; International Realty. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine is the media sponsor.

For $250, individuals and small businesses have a unique opportunity to be part of the 19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour and Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace and Toast the Tour events by becoming Garden Patch sponsors.

       The garden tour is a widely acclaimed and anticipated spring event that attracts hundreds of visitors.  Attendees are given the wonderful opportunity to stroll the grounds of private gardens at some of the most exquisite homes in the Westport area. The tour, the marketplace and the Toast the Tour wine-tasting party benefit the myriad programs of the Westport Historical Society, which is an educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating the history of Westport.

Garden Patch Sponsorship includes name recognition on the society Web site, a link to the sponsor page with company information, a link to the Garden Patch sponsor’s Web site, listing in all event releases, an opportunity to have company materials at the events, a chance to host at one of the gardens and two complimentary tickets to the garden tour.

                Among the Garden Patch sponsors are Trek Bicycles; Ruth Watson of Coldwell Banker; James Love Lee, The Edge of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; The Gibbons Group of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; Janice Parker Landscape Design, Mary Ann Laurita and David Waldman of David Adams Realty.

For a sponsor form, call 203-222-1424 or e-mail bbrauner@westporthistory.org.

                The garden tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Tickets are now available and are $35 for WHS members in advance; $45 nonmembers in advance; general admission day of tour $50. For tickets, call 203-222-1424 or visit www.westporthistory.org. The marketplace is open on the day of the tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, and the adjacent Veterans Green. Dozens of artisans and vendors from throughout New England will be on hand. Live family entertainment by local musicians also will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m.

                On Saturday, June 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., “Toast the Tour,” a lavish wine-tasting party, will take place in a splendid Westport location with delicious food, live and silent auctions, a container garden sale and live entertainment. The wine tasting, which is being produced in conjunction with Fountainhead, is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets to Toast the Tour are $75 and can be purchased by calling 203-222-1424 or visiting www.westporthistory.org