The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite garden admirers and enthusiasts to join us for our 6th annual Garden Tour and Tea on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Starting on the Fairlee, VT Common, tickets, maps and directions, and descriptions of all of the gardens will be available starting at 10:45 at the bandstand for $20 per person. Each ticket also includes admission to a lovely Afternoon Tea, this year held at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner and prepared by Court Street Arts. Gardens will be open from about 11 AM-3:30 PM, and the Tea will be served from 1:00-3:00 PM.
As always, there is something likely to pique everyone’s interest along the route- starting with an established perennial garden high in the Vermont hills, with its pretty long-range views, and a serious vegetable gardener’s attempt at building an organic and sustainable garden, without the use of pesticides and chemicals, while incorporating new practices in soil management. Visitors will also discover a peaceful garden with many shade perennials at an historic home just off a pretty NH village green, and a charming country garden that features over 300 kinds of daylilies, along with chickens, ducks, guinea hens and miniature goats! Perhaps the showpiece of the Tour this year is the extensive, naturalized gardens meandering along the CT River on the Orford/Lyme border. Tucked in among the dazzling perennials are whimsical sculptures of native animals, and as these gardens are considered by the owner to be a constant “work in progress” there is a new feature near the river this year – a Grotto – in which to relax and let nature surround you.
Bring a friend and join in on this self-guided tour for a couple of hours! Gardeners always come away with inspiration and new ideas to bring back to their own gardens, but you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy the experience, and admire the hard work and vision of the Gardeners whose places you’ll visit!