My mother has an amazing green thumb. Growing up, our family was surrounded by plants and flowers, inside the house and out. To this day, Mom’s annual spring gift to me and Catie is a thoughtful collection of potted plants that we place around our yard.
Alas, the gift does not seem to be genetic, and I struggle to provide the right mix of water, sun, and attention for our less-than-impressive grounds. But at least I have learned to appreciate beautiful gardens, which is why I am happy to spread the word about June Blooms – a self-guided garden tour of some really extraordinary properties in our community. Here’s more information from the Garden Club of New Rochelle, which is sponsoring the event . . .
The Garden Club of New Rochelle is sponsoring “June Blooms!” a self-guided tour of the beautiful gardens of five private New Rochelle homes on Saturday, June 6. Notable gardens this year include a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Foundation as well as a private retreat on the former estate grounds of a distinctive property. Additionally, two of New Rochelle’s parks will be included — The Shakespeare Garden in Davenport Park and Ward Acres Community Garden.
The tour takes place 10-3, rain or shine, with the starting point at St. John’s, Wilmot Episcopal Church (park on Lovell Road). Starting at 9:30 the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased on-site. Until then, tickets may be purchased online at www.newrochellegardenclub.com. Tickets are $25 each. The tour is self-guided; visitors are provided with a map and itinerary upon check-in.
All proceeds will be used for Garden Club projects and are especially targeted for civic beautification. The Garden Club is celebrating its 104th year this year and is the oldest garden club in New York state.