June 10th, 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Our Garden Market opens at 9 am, admission is free.
Westport Historical Society’s 27th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, a vibrant and beautiful tradition that highlights gem-like spaces normally unseen by the public, will take place on June 10th this year. Five beautiful, inspiring gardens will be on view from 11am to 4pm, and landscape designers, arborists, and garden hosts will share information about how they created the spaces and maintain their plants, trees, and garden aesthetics.
You may still order tickets online, all tickets are $75 today: For tickets to the Hidden Garden Tour: Click Here
At Thistle Cottage gardens in Westport, you will be transported into a delightful world of formal and whimsical garden “rooms”, designed by the artist owner. An English rose garden with an Italian fountain takes center stage, with five enchanting and unique spaces that surround.
At the Bulkley Barn, an 1820s onion barn which has been meticulously restored, you can see post-and-beam construction with the original stone foundations and antique farm equipment. This historic barn is situated in naturalized deer resistant woodland gardens containing ferns, Solomon’s Seal, Trillium, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trout Lily and Mountain Laurel – all ideal for a natural shady garden.
In Weston, a 225-year-old colonial farmhouse, on its 3-acre grounds, is noted for its 30 varieties of peonies- from those with classic to blooms to others that hit the high notes in the full range of floral types. For over a 30-year period, the owner, a landscape designer, has added carefully chosen exotic specimen trees to the space – such as Coral Maple, Paper-Bark Maple and Forest Pansy Redbud.
Upon entry to the unique Blau Garden in Westport, cherubs and Roman sculptures punctuate beds near the circular drive and a folly of Astilbe-filled terrace beds are surrounded by stone retaining walls and steps. The property features an allée of Pollarded Crabapples leading to a Neptune fountain circle surrounded by gorgeous Norway spruce; whilst bamboo groves form a backdrop to the Asian garden with a substantial Buddha, waterfalls, and trickling stream complete with Water Lilies, Water Iris and a grass garden. Additionally, the sunken rose garden is framed by stunning stone retaining walls with boxwood parterre and fountain pools.
For the first time, one of Westport’s oldest and most famous estates opens its splendid gates and gardens for the famed annual WHS Tour. This timeless treasure was originally built in the 19th Century, and has been preserved and maintained by generations of gardening aficionados.
In addition to the tour, unique items for gardeners and garden lovers from local artisans and businesses will be available for sale at the Wheeler House Garden Market on Westport Historical Society’s front lawn, 25 Avery Place, from 9am to 4pm. Vendors include: Cynthia Alexander, Emmy Starr Designs, Grace Connell Designs, Jean Forte Vintage Gifts, M & F Antique Prints, MCK Gourmet, Flee Bags and Signature Style. A pop-up shop featuring a selection of items especially from The Shop at Wheeler House will be open at the Bulkley Barn with an elegant outdoor/garden theme.
Special Thanks to: Miggs Burroughs, Shake Shack
Tickets $50 for members, $60 for non-members, $75 Day of Tour.
For tickets to the Hidden Garden Tour: Click Here
Thank you to our sponsors: Edward F. Gerber, Chris and Jim Corgel, Arlene and Marty Yolles, Connecticut Arborists and Gilbertie’s Herb and Garden Center: