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Westport Garden Tour Highlights Hidden Treasures

WESTPORT, Conn. – June 3, the Westport Historical Society (WHS) will offer the curious a glimpse into some of Westport’s exquisite and varied gardens during the annual Hidden Garden Tour.

“Some of the gardens will be more manicured,” says Susan Gold, WHS Executive Director. “And some will be a little wilder, more blended into the landscape like country gardens.”

The gardens on the tour will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, who will be able to answer questions about plantings, vegetation and history.

“Another real treat this year on the tour is the Adams Academy,” says Gold of the early to mid 19th century single room schoolhouse. “People will be able to go in and look around and get a feeling for what it was like to be a child in the early 1800s. And there will historical Westport images on display as well.”

The Hidden Garden Tour is the centerpiece for a trio of events, which also include the Garden Marketplace and a “Toast the Tour” after-party. “The marketplace is free and open to everyone,” says Gold. In addition to local and regional vendors, the marketplace will also offer pony rides and live music.

“The after-party will be held in an old post and beam barn,” says Gold. “There will be a wine tasting and silent auction, but it's very casual. Flats only,” she laughs.

The Hidden Garden tour, now in its 21st year, is one of the biggest fundraisers for the WHS, according to Gold. “This tour supports much of the educational programming we offer.”

Gold anticipates around 500 people will walk through the gardens on display this year. “Good weather always helps bring people out,” she says. “And with all this rain we’ve had, the gardens should really be flourishing.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Hidden Garden tour or the “Toast the Tour” after party, visit the Westport Historical Society’s website, or call the WHS at (203) 222- 1424. Tickets and tour details will be made available the day of the tour.

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