Hidden Garden Tour 2006

June 11th, 2006

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Westport Historical Society’s

15th Annual Hidden Garden Tour

Sunday, June 11, 2006
10 AM – 5 PM


Enjoy a private view of five spectacular Connecticut gardens as the Westport Historical Society hosts its 15th Annual Hidden Garden Tour. Tickets are $45 on the day of the tour.

The Hidden Garden Tour, a widely acclaimed and anticipated spring event, draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region. Patrons enjoy the opportunity to stroll at their leisure and view private gardens that feature perennial beds, elegant pools, historic stone walls, garden sculpture, scented shrubs, specimen trees and sophisticated landscapes.

Tickets with a map and directions to the gardens must be picked up on the day of the tour at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, Connecticut. Tickets for the Garden Tour may be picked up beginning at 9 AM.  The Tour runs from 10 AM to 5 PM.

New this year are two “Dine and Design!” seminars (10:15-11:15 and 11:45-12:45) to be held at the Historical Society. An elegant buffet luncheon is included in “Dine and Design!”

A jitney is available for $60. The jitney leaves the Historical Society at 1:00 P.M. add allows riders to disembark directly in front of each of the gardens. The jitney returns to the Historical Society at approximately 4:00 PM.

On the day of the tour, the grounds of the Westport Historical Society and Veterans Green will be transformed into a Garden Marketplace where visitors can browse through an exciting array of fanciful and practical garden related items.

Tour Tickets
$25 WHS Members, $35 Non-members
$45 Day of Tour
Jitney $60, 1-4 PM

Dine and Design Seminars and Lunch
Creating the Four Season Garden:  10:15 – 11:15 AM
Tabletop Entertaining:  11:45 – 12:45 PM
$20 for one seminar & lunch, $30 for both seminars and lunch

(Note: Due to a printing error, the Ticket Reservation Form on the mailed Invitation
noted incorrect times for the Dine & Design Seminars. The correct times are:
Creating the Four Season Garden from 10:15-11:15 and Tabletop Entertaining from 11:45-12:45.)


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The Gardens

One luxurious garden on this year’s tour displays a formal English parterre edged in traditional boxwood surrounding a graceful fountain. Avid gardeners will find fresh ideas and inspiration for their own gardens, and casual observers will have a relaxing day enjoying the beauty of these impressive properties. At another garden there is a cornucopia of color around a magnificent brick building built in 1912 which served as a Boys and Girls Clubhouse for 35 years until 1948 when it was transformed into a home. Overlooking a harbor dotted with sailboats, this unique home is awash in deep purple buddleia, brilliant blue hydrangeas, vibrant orange ‘Voodoo’ roses as well as large exotic castors that sparkle in the sun. Black Beauty lilies, specimen trees, roses, and clematis anchor and enclose this lush garden. On the day of the tour, the grounds of the Westport Historical Society and Veterans Green will be transformed into the Garden Market where visitors can wander through an exciting array of fanciful and practical garden-related items from 9 AM until 5 PM. Beautiful handbags, handmade soaps, jewelry, and a wide variety of arts and crafts items will definitely capture shopper’s attention for that “must have” item or the perfect gift. In addition, the lucky winners of the Garden Raffle will take home special garden items donated by several local businesses.

Dine and Design! Seminars and Lunch

Enhance your Garden Tour experience by attending one (or both) of our “Dine and Design!” seminars.


Creating the Four Season Garden
10:15 – 11:15 AM

Experience master gardener Mar Jennings, the well-known “Lifestyle Guru” on WTNH Channel 8, as he leads you on a colorful interactive tour through the four seasons of a Connecticut garden. Journey with Mar as he teaches you how to showcase your own four season garden from the early buds of spring to the majesty of snow-covered branches.

This special photographic journey will document 10 years of vivid images as seen through the eye of Master Gardener Mar. Mar’s garden has been visited by thousands who continue to be amazed by his talents and garden design concepts, and has been featured in All About the House Magazine and Home Magazine.

Mar will teach gardeners to plant and care for their landscape as a professional would, and he’ll share the types of favorite products he uses to get the job done. Season by season, Mar will advise you on the species of trees, shrubs, and perennials that have earned his trust and affection for the last decade, and how you can make the best decisions for your own garden. This is a fresh new way to garden design that won’t break your back or bank account. You’ll walk away with a little piece of Mar– filled with new energy and determination.


Tabletop Entertaining
11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Join local stylist Deborah Herbertson, manager of Barlow Hill, a home and garden styling company, who will demonstrate ideas and inspirations for creating perfect table settings and centerpieces for your celebrations.  Deborah believes that entertaining is a lot like theater: you set the stage, and then you share it with others. She also believes that flowers are usually the star of the show. Deborah’s years in the tabletop industry, and her long time love of gardening have culminated in a passion for floral design and entertaining.  Journey with her as she creates 3 different party venues, each with a its own unique theme and mood.  Deborah will take you step by step through each design, showing you ideas that can be adapted to suit a host of special occasions, from intimate to grand scale.

Following a question and answer period, seminar participants will enjoy an elegant and delectable buffet. “Dine and Design!” will take place the day of the Hidden Garden Tour and will be held in the Sheffer Gallery at the Westport Historical Society.

Tickets are $20 for one seminar; $30 for both. Ticket price also includes a question and answer period following each Seminar as well as a delightful and delectable buffet! Don’t miss this! Seating is limited!

Enjoy the opportunity to chat with other garden lovers, view the current Women of Westport exhibit, shop for a unique gift in the Remarkable Gift Shop, marvel at the exquisite Victorian Period Rooms, and purchase tickets for a chance to win our lovely garden-related Raffle items.

The Hidden Garden Tour, Garden Market and “Dine and Design!” are made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Contour Landscaping Company and Vera Ruud, Jillian Klaff and Claudia Steinman of WRG Homes at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

Contact gardentour@westporthistory.org or call 222-1424 for further information.


Garden Marketplace
Sunday June 11, 9 AM – 5 PM
Free Admission

On the day of the tour, the grounds of the Westport Historical Society and Veterans Green will be transformed into an open air Garden Market where visitors can browse through an exciting array of fanciful and practical garden related items ranging from urns and pots to embroidered linens, as well as a fabulous range of glass and pottery for the home and garden.

Preview some of our vendor’s wares:

Luxurious handmade herbal soaps
Handmade pottery for gardens and landscape
Old world European lavender products, scarves and market baskets
Early American brooms and pure maple products made on the farm
Silk pillows adorned with semi-precious stones and precious jewelry
One of a kind handbags and accessories
Stunning hand woven sterling silver jewelry
Floral photography, note cards and digital garden imagery
Fun and fanciful ladies and children’s accessories
Classic garden and floral design note cards by Kassie Foss
Handmade rustic garden benches from bittersweet vines