New Hope Historical Society 18th Annual Garden Tour
By Susan Sandor
The garden tour committee has been working since last summer to line up this year’s roster of majestic gardens for the 18th Annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour. And believe me when I say they will leave you breathless. Imagine one 32-acre property that is in constant motion, being cultivated and developed under the discerning eye of a well-groomed local horticulturist. Or a contemporary home designed by architect James Polshek of Clinton Library and Rose Center for Earth & Space fame, whose owners are inviting us inside for a peek as well as into their one-year-old garden and greenhouse.
The self-guided tour of six private Bucks County gardens will be held Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. rain or shine. A full color brochure with map, easy to follow directions, photos and descriptions of the gardens come with tickets in a matching envelope perfect for gift giving (think Mother’s Day and Father’s Day). Tour goers are invited to a mini-lecture on tropicals at the tiered terrace garden of Pamela Pyle at the end of tour day. Ticket holders also receive a Garden Rewards Bag filled with gifts and offers from our sponsors and national partners, including the American Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, W. Atlee Burpee Seed Co., Country Gardens Magazine, and Espoma.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.newhopehs.org or by calling 215-862-5652. Price per ticket is $30 but early birds save $5 on all tickets bought before May 1. On tour day tickets may be purchased at the Parry Mansion Museum on Main and Ferry Streets in New Hope.
This year the Society is launching its first Garden Photo Contest in conjunction with the tour. Shutterbugs are welcome to submit their best shots of gardens, flowers, and landscapes for great prizes. Closing date for entries is May 1. Click on the camera at www.newhopehs.org for details.
The garden tour is a major production and community event with over 1,000 garden enthusiasts in attendance and a multitude of volunteer workers. It is also the major fundraiser for this nonprofit organization. Proceeds are earmarked for pointing the Parry Mansion Museum in New Hope, which is owned by the Society and open to the public.