Six private exceptional Concord Gardens ranging from traditional to contemporary and one historic site garden will comprise the 29th annual Concord Museum Garden Tour on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2018.
A prevalent theme of this year’s tour is the famous Concord grape known the world over for its distinctive sweet flavor. One of the special private gardens on the tour is the Grapevine Cottage, once owned by Concord grape’s founder, Ephraim Wales Bull. The ancestral vines of the original Concord grapes dating back to 1849 still can be seen. Wine lovers and horticulturists from all over the world still flock to the site to admire the history of wine, jelly and jam making in America. Three of the properties on the tour include Concord grapes.
“Whether you are a new gardener designing your first perennial bed or an accomplished landscaper with acres of gardens, you’ll enjoy the Concord Museum’s Garden Tour,” explained Patty Flint, who along with Lyn Carroll, are co-chairing the Guild of Volunteers event this year.
Each of the private gardens reflect the individual interests and passions of the owners and families and are sure to inspire other gardeners. Visitors will experience a fountain with Blue Maid hollies, boxwood, and variegated Carex with the backdrop of a Gothic Revival house. A home that resembles an English Revival Country Estate boasts apple and pear orchards with annuals, herbs, and perennials.
Near the Northbridge garden-goers can enjoy the historic Old Manse garden, once home to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s family.
Visitors can spend a delightful day on a self-guided, self-paced tour of eight gardens. Check out the three pop-up Garden Shops and the popular “Ask an Arborist” booth.
Reservations made through May 28: $30 for members; $35 non-members. Reservations made on May 29 or later, or tickets purchased at the door: $35 for members; $40 non-members. All proceeds will be donated to the Concord Museum’s educational program, serving 17,000 children and adults annually.
This event is scheduled rain or shine! For more information on how to purchase ticket. www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216
A special thank you to Concord downtown shops, restaurants, and businesses who will be donating proceeds to the Garden fundraiser. These include Sara Campbell, J. McLaughlin and Fiorella Cucina restaurant. Garden Tour pop-up shops include Tina Labadini, Callie & Fen, and Copp Family Farms.
A special thank you to this year’s Garden Tour Sponsors:
Hartney Greymont, A Davey Tree Expert Company; Mahoney’s Garden Center; Marquis Tree Service; SavATree; Welch’s; William Raveis Real Estate Mortgage & Insurance.
Contributing Sponsors: Jane Rupley Landscape Design; Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening; Russell’s Garden Center; Seasons Four, The Outdoor Living Store; Walpole Outdoors.
Friend Sponsors: The Senkler Team at Coldwell Banker; COGdesign
Media Sponsors: Design New England and New England Home