19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour

June 13th:    Hidden Garden Tour and Garden Marketplace

19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour
Hidden Garden Tour

Westport Historical Society will be selling tickets at the following locations:

Vineyard Vines at 90 Main Street, Friday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tickets also can be purchased at any time by calling 222-1424, on line or on the day of the garden tour at the Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace on the grounds of the WHS, 25 Avery Place, and the adjacent Veterans Green.


The 19th Annual Hidden Garden Tour and Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace, which are presented by and to benefit the Westport Historical Society, are widely acclaimed and anticipated spring events that attract hundreds of visitors, many of whom are budding horticulturists and discriminating gardening enthusiasts.

On Sunday, June 13, attendees will stroll the grounds of six distinctive private gardens in Westport and Fairfield – a unique property above the river, an artist’s enclave sheltered by a yacht harbor, an example of sustainable green living, a manor enveloped in an array of perennials, an elegant colonial surrounded by mature trees and roses, and a warm and welcoming spot that is designed in concert with the land’s natural contour.

At one waterfront home, visitors are in for an added treat as the owner is a Westport legend and has lived in town since the 1940s. A sculptor and art collector, her pieces surround her property and pool area. She has deftly placed them in locations to blend into the natural environment. Visitors will see a deer chewing on the grass, a hippopotamus gazing at onlookers, tennis players in full stride and a weathervane keeping tabs on the climate. In addition to graciously opening up her property, the artist will generously donate to the WHS 20 percent of the purchase of sculptures on the day of the tour.

The tour and the marketplace benefit the myriad programs of the Westport Historical Society, which is an educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating the history of Westport.

“The Hidden Garden Tour is one of two major fundraising events for the Westport Historical Society; the other being the Hidden House Tour in December,” said Cynthia Lee, one of the co-chairwomen of the garden tour planning committee. “Both events are vitally important to sustaining and supporting the mission of the historical society.

“Not to mention that the tour and the Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace are perfect ways to spend a Sunday – rain or shine.”

The garden tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Tickets are $35 for WHS members in advance; $45 nonmembers in advance; $50 general admission day of tour. For tickets, call 203-222-1424 or visit www.westporthistory.org.

The Artisan Craft and Garden Marketplace will take place 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. Admission is free.

Numerous artisans and vendors from throughout the area will be on hand with a trove of garden and home treasures. Catch a Healthy Habit Café will be serving lunch.

Among the artisans are:

• From Farm to Market: sustainable garden products and small home items

• RF Steelwerks: welded steel garden ornaments

• M. Saverine Decoupage: plates

• Fieldstone: floral boxes, sachets, totes, cosmetic bags

• Pam Older Designs; easy-to-wear handmade jewelry in silver and gold

• Ostilly Collections: Designer-inspired handbags, straw bags, evening bags, belt and buckles, sarongs

• Vasiliki Lagis Handbags: leather, snake skin embossed

• Cynthia Alexander: bejeweled lavender pillows, precious and semi-precious jewelry

• Buckle Bling: one-of-a-kind belt buckles, pins, necklaces

• Diamer Fine Jewelry: 14K and 18K gold with diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones

• Suzanne Saltzman: evening bags with semi-precious stones, silk and cotton shawls

• Elizabeth Stewart Designs: unique crafted items, napkin rings, silk flower pots, knitted items

• Laszlo Accessories: Fashion and hair accessories

• Jean Forte Gifts/Mixed Nuts: Vintage and new home accessories including silver, china, glass

• Oliver Green: Fabric D-Ring Belts

• Lula-Belle: sterling silver and fashion jewelry

• Anita Designs: home furnishings, accessories and gifts

• Brigitte Recchione: decoupage

• Fete: vintage inspired garden and home accessories

• The Olive Oil Factory; oils, vinegars and bread dippers

• Millie Rae’s: home and garden items

• Yumnuts Naturals: six varieties of all natural dry roasted nuts

Live family entertainment by local musicians will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tour tickets with a map and directions to the gardens may be picked up or purchased as early as 9 a.m. on the day of the tour at the ticket tent at the garden marketplace.

The event sponsors 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.; Peter Romano/Robin Tauck Foundation; Fountainhead Wines & Distillations; Green Village Initiatives; HSBC; SIR Development/Westport Residential; Venture Photography; Catamount Wealth Management; Cindy and Rob Citrone; Darton Insurance; Goldman, Gruder and Woods; William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; 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; David Waldman of Adams Realty; Mary Ann Laurita of Prudential Connecticut Realty; Janice Parker Landscape Design; Trillium Architects; and Plantscapes Organics. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine is the media sponsor.

For more information, call 203-222-1424 or visit www.westporthistory.org.

 For more information, call 203-222-1424