Hidden Garden Tour 2004

June 6th, 2004

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday June 6, 2004

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the 2004 Garden Tour, visitors toured five private gardens in the Westport area
and visited the Garden Market and the Garden Cafe.


Ticket Information

$22 WHS members, $30 Non-WHS members

Tickets will be $35 the day of the tour
$50 Tickets for Jitney Bus Tour
Jitney departs WHS at 1 PM
Tickets with a map and directions to the gardens
must be picked up on the day of the tour
at Wheeler House, 25 Avery Place, Westport, Connecticut

The Garden Café

On the grounds of the  Westport Historical Society
PICNIC BOX LUNCH by Paesano’s- $12

Sandwich Wrap, Fruit, Dessert, Beverage

The Garden Market

Browse through an exciting array of fanciful and practical garden related items on the grounds of the Westport Historical Society and the Town Green.  Shop for iron urns, garden furniture and sculpture, container gardens, glass and pottery, jewelry, African baskets, tote bags, personal accessories, fabric mobiles and animals, greeting cards, lavender filled pillows, herbal oils and seasonings, and everything floral for home and friends!

The Garden Raffle


Tickets available at WHS prior to and on the day of the Tour
All proceeds from the Hidden Garden Tour benefit the Westport Historical Society.

Gardens of Vision and Inspiration

BOUNDLESS BEAUTY – Grand rhododendrons and soft evergreens create a sense of mystery and hint of something special beyond their screening. Both owners of this historic property express their love of the earth in gardens of unique and dissimilar natures. One tends a meandering border abundantly planted with shade loving perennials leading to a sunny pool, while the other focuses within the boundaries of handsome stonewalls that shelter a meticulous garden brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs. A uniquely stepped patio offers a vantage point that leads the eye well beyond specimen trees and fruit trees, to a sunlit border of open fields. This energetic family delights in the process of gardening, the bounty of their harvest, and the beauty of their land.

FLOURISHING FANTASIES – The imagination and vision of two neighbors exceeded the boundaries of their small lots. One began enhancing his property with interesting architectural elements and a rich variety of plant material in 1997, and was featured in HOME MAGAZINE in 2004. As his gardens overflowed with sweetly scented roses, boxwood hedges, topiaries, a rich variety of perennials and shrubs, colorful window boxes and containers, and a raised bed of herbs, his neighbor joined in with collaborative enthusiasm to create a sublimely charming space with no boundaries that showcased her “dollhouse”, originally built as a children’s play house in 1921. As a result of their passion for gardening, two small plots of land evolved into an intimate oasis of fantasy and beauty.

EXQUISITE TAPESTRY – Stroll the park like grounds of a beautiful rambling Connecticut home where an artist and her husband have expressed their creativity for over 40 years. A small knot garden establishes an intimate scale at the front entryway in contrast to prominent flowering shrubs, some original azaleas and rhododendrons, that frame a distant focal point of a notable collection of specimen conifers whose composition, texture, and color hint of a painting. Strong vertical evergreen accents perfectly juxtapose the serenity of a pond surrounded by sweeping lawns. Over a dozen cultivars of Japanese maple trees are scattered throughout the property. A striking iron gate, designed by the artist, leads to a pool area where abundant perennials add color and a collection of dwarf conifers thrive.

YESTERDAY REVEALED – A quintessential 130-year-old Victorian home, with three authentic barns, graces what was once original farmland. The present owners of six years have used their tenure to enhance the gardens they inherited. Heirloom peonies, forsythia, lilacs and several varieties of hydrangea add to the historic ambiance. A perennial garden with iris, Montauk daisies, peonies, ferns, lamb’s ear, rhubarb and lilac extends from the pool toward the barns. Roses cascade in profusion along a fence surrounding the pool, culminating in a more formal rose garden. Blackberries and wisteria, framing a gazebo, and a bountiful vegetable garden elicit feelings of days gone by.

SHORELINE SUBLIME – A driveway curves softly under the sheltering canapé of exquisitely pruned mature trees that reflect the stately beauty and serenity of this distinguished shoreline estate. The primary flower garden, replete with roses, alliums, perennials, and shrubs, welcomes guests at the front entry with a sophisticated use of color and invites a lingering stroll. Evergreens provide the backdrop for a quiet shade garden of ginger, hostas, and ferns, bordering a stone path that leads to the pool. Dramatic over scaled pots of uniquely planted flowers frame the most breathtaking sweeping views of Long Island Sound. The restrained use of color and design complement the magnificent natural beauty of this waterfront site.

Westport Historical Society

President – Joni Andrews
Executive Director – Denise Torv

Event Chairwomen
Linda Adelman
Linda Gates
Sarah Shaw

Heather Allen, Lucy Ambrosino, Ronnie Bloch, Maggie Feczko,
Lillian Gilman, Sue King, Krista Hayward, Cynthia Lee, Paula Leonard,
Jodi Mack, Kariene Maloney, Denise McLaughlin, Sally O’Brien,
Marion Palcsik, Bobbie Williams

The Committee wishes to thank our generous sponsors, contributors
and the many volunteers who work on the day of the tour.
Our special thanks to the property owners for sharing their beautiful gardens.