Sunday, June 22, is this year’s annual third annual Cohase Chamber of Commerce Garden Tour. And, it looks like the wet weather benefited our annuals, perennials and lovely gardens that participate in this year’s tour! The tour begins at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Check in and pick up a map and directions to this year’s featured properties starting at 11:00 AM. The $20 per person fee includes valuable discount coupons to area nurseries and garden-related businesses. When you have completed the tour, stop back at the Resort from 1-3 PM for a refreshing Tea, all included in the price. The Garden Tour is a fund-raiser for the Cohase Chamber, as well as a chance for other garden enthusiasts to get a close-up glimpse of those gardens we often drive by and wonder about!
The starting point features the formal gardens of Lake Morey Resort, which are kept in magnificent shape all summer in preparation for the many wedding photos that will be taken there throughout the season. With a gazebo, a lovely reflecting pool, long, lush perennial borders and trimmed hedges, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tea that will be served from 1-3.
Also on the tour, on the outskirts of Lyme, is the Dall property. This 5-year-old garden has a pergola, an arbor, a stone circular kitchen garden, and several perennial beds. Its country setting on a charming dirt road features views of the Ct River and Smart’s Mtn as the backdrop to a colorful mix of blooming plants and flowers. “It’s a constant work in progress,” says Anne Dall, and each year we’ve added something to connect the multiple gardens together in a coherent fashion. Stone walkways lead from one section to another, and eventually a set of stairs will lead one down to the pond below the house.
An historic property in Haverhill NH is on the northern end of the tour- the General John Montgomery Homestead on Rt. 10, owned by Bill and Mary Emig. This 18th Century house has several lovely gardens meandering around the property, each with its own personality. There’s a restful shade garden near the back, and a bird sanctuary in the center, and even a couple of resident groundhogs named Fanny and Annie who make regular appearances.
In Bradford, the gardens of Hilary Coons and Bruce Murray are located a few miles up South Rd in a quintessential Vermont setting of open fields and mature trees. The drive up is lovely in June and the gardens sprawl around the house and beyond, past outbuildings and barns, featuring a variety of plants. Visitors will enjoy the intimate shady areas with surprising accents, and sunny perennial banks with interesting trees and shrubs. Naturalized areas bloom with cheerful daisies and wildflowers, and stately hostas create borders along a path. Duck under the old apple trees and peek around the corners to catch a glimpse of tucked- away gardens... this garden was created to offer unexpected views of a different world. As a bonus tour-goers can stop into the South Road Pottery shop while there!
Finally, a Fairlee painter has opened her gardens on her property on the Ct River. Marjorie Green describes her well-established gardens this way, “I feel gardens are like a huge painter's canvas and the flowers like a splash of color from an artist's brush!” Her perennial beds surround the property right down to the river’s edge, and the mix of sun and shade allows her to grow lots of different varieties.
For information about the Garden Tour, go to www.cohase.org, or call Anne Dall at 603-353-4620.
(Anne Dall is the author of this local article. TheUpperValley.com thanks you, Anne!!!! )