Garden Party

June 14th, 2015

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


A gala Garden Party fundraiser featuring silent and live auctions of original artworks and weekend getaway packages, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and live music will follow this year’s 24th annual Hidden Garden Tour. The party will take place Sunday, June 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport. Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens was founded in 1922 and is currently operated by the fourth generation of the Gilbertie family. It is the largest USDA-certified grower of organic herbs in the country.

Gilbertie’s will host the party in a lovely patio setting surrounded by garden beds, with creeping thyme growing between its stones. Jeffrey Kaufman, co-chair of the party, said the artworks to be auctioned include a lenticular print by Miggs Burroughs that displays an image of the Mona Lisa or Marilyn Monroe, depending on the angle from which it is viewed; an artist’s proof of a beach scene by Leonard Everett Fisher, a still life by watercolorist Charles Reid and photographs of Morocco by David Kalman. Kalman and all of the artists are Westport residents. Graphic artist, Miggs Burroughs, was born in Westport and is the son of an artist. He describes his career as a journey from “Time covers to T-shirts.” Leonard Everett Fisher has illustrated some 250 books for younger readers over a career that has spanned seven decades. He also wrote 88 of those books and has designed 10 U.S. postage stamps. Charles Reid is a master watercolorist, teacher and the author of 11 books on painting. He and his wife live in a landmarked Westport home that dates to 1727.

Getaway packages going on the block include two nights for two at the five-star Blantyre Relais & Chateaux in the Berkshires, an overnight at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, stays at the Inn at Cook Street in Provincetown, Mass., the Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, the White Hart Inn, Salisbury, Conn., an architect’s Cape Cod vacation home, a Washington, D.C., condo, and an autumn foliage weekend in Westover, Vt. Blantyre is described as a romantic retreat with leaded glass windows surrounded by creeping ivy. The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, with its leafy outdoor courtyard, might feel far from urban, but the nearby shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions all say “big city.” These “town or country” packages, valued at $700 and $1,650 respectively, are being offered by Farewell Travels in Westport. Guests can also bid on tickets for a private tour of Philip Johnson’s New Canaan Glass House, restaurant meals, consultations with professional landscapers, a $500 gift certificate to have a tree planted, tickets to the Westport Country Playhouse and the Ridgefield Playhouse, baskets of wine, a round of golf, a magnum of champagne, French pottery, cooking lessons with a Cajun chef, and a Cajun dinner for six.

Edward F. Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society, said a new feature of the Garden Party this year will be a Hat Competition featuring 5 categories: Best Gentleman’s, Best Lady’s, Best Use of Fresh Flowers, Most Creative and Crowd Favorite. Food for the Garden Party is being provided by A Dash of Salt catering of Norwalk. Owner and Chef Jonathan Mathias said the fare will include such “light bites” as grilled pizza topped with arugula, a salad of greens from Gilbertie’s gardens, fresh crudité and iced tea or lemonade. Westport’s Shake Shack will also be serving its cool and refreshing custard, a favorite of last year’s party. Complementing the evening’s romantic vibe will be live music by Norwalk guitarist Leigh Richardson.

 Tickets are $60. BUY TICKETS HERE