MARCH - MAY 2010
“Eye Candy for Gardeners” Theme for
17th Annual Garden Tour Produced by the New Hope Historical Society
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Lecture, raffle, gift bags, limited edition rose cuff are all part of the deal!
By Susan Sandor
You can never hold back spring nor can you hold back the signature one-day community event, the New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour. The tour will begin in town this year with two lush private gardens within walking distance of the Parry Mansion Museum and each other. The first garden with a view of rushing water from Ingham Spring has been cultivated for 37 years; the second sits on the towpath facing the canal and has been planted for less than a decade but looks quite mature for its youthful age. Then it’s off into the countryside to explore more eye candy at four Bucks County estates.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 5th rain or shine to reserve a day exploring the splendors of these six private gardens together with an ever-growing cadre of loyal fans. The self-guided tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. allows you to wander about at your leisure, ask questions of the owners and gardeners, bask in their utopia, and gather pollen in the form of inspiration.
Tickets are $28 and a stimulus in the form of a $5 discount per ticket is being offered for purchases made prior to May 1st. Tickets are now available online via Pay Pal at www.newhopehs.org or call 215-862-5652 to order with credit card. Group discounts are also offered with a minimum purchase of ten tickets. The tickets and full color brochures with map, photos, and description of the gardens are beautifully packaged in themed envelopes for gift giving, perfect for Mother’s and Father’s day, guaranteed to be more memorable than a Hallmark card!
There are extra rewards for ticket holders too. A demonstration and mini-lecture titled, “Candy in the Garden—New and Unusual Plants for the Landscape,” will be held at Paxson Hill Farm in an amazing iris garden created by horticulturist and honorary chair of the tour, Bruce Gangawer. Kent Russell, a preferred speaker of the Garden Club of America will begin the lecture at 5:15. Details can be found in the brochure provided with tickets.
Limited edition pink rose cuff bracelets that tie into the eye candy theme were designed, produced, and contributed by local artist Pearl Mintzer. Take a look at www.newhopehs.org, it’s stunning. They will be sold at the garden gates for $15 while they last or you can order online.
There is also a garden rewards bag to be handed to each ticket holder. The bags are filled with gifts from garden tour sponsors as well as a national garden magazine.
Gardeners who relish the hands-on experience of digging in dirt, might want to check out the Mantis Tiller being raffled off in conjunction with the tour. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be bought online or at the Parry Mansion Museum on June 5th. You do not have to purchase garden tour tickets to enter the raffle.
Need a ticket for an unexpected guest on tour day? No problem. Stop by the Parry Mansion Museum where you can pick up tickets, take a free tour of the museum, and browse gift tables on the back porch.
All proceeds benefit the Parry Mansion Museum, Main & Ferry Streets, New Hope, Pennsylvania and support the goals of the New Hope Historical Society. Visit www.newhopehs.org and click on the roses for garden tour information.
Tickets can also be purchased at Lambertville House, Walker’s Wine & Spirits and Chris’ Auto Body in Lambertville, NJ; Phillips Fine Wines in Stockton, NJ; Alchemy in Frenchtown, NJ; Angel’s Cards & Gifts, Living Earth, Farley’s Bookshop, Paxson Hill Farm and New Hope Visitors Center in New Hope, PA; Marazzo’s Manor Lane and Ye Olde Yardley Florist in Yardley, PA; Shady Brook Farm and Rhodes Newtown Flower & Gift in Newtown, PA; A Gourmet Pantry in Erwinna, PA; None Such Farm Market, Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, PA; Seasons Garden Center in Washington Crossing, PA; Bountiful Acres in Holicong, PA.