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West Hartford Garden Club Hosting ‘Autumn Splendor’ Garden Tour

One of the gardens that will be part of the West Hartford Garden Club's 'Autumn Splendor' tour on Sept. 11. Courtesy photo

Six West Hartford gardens will be available for touring during the West Hartford Garden Club’s ‘Autumn Splendor’ tour on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Monarch in a pollinator garden. Courtesy photo


The West Hartford Garden Club is hosting a change-of-season garden tour featuring six gardens on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine.

“September is a month of transition from the warmth and vibrancy of summer to the cool and mellow of fall,” explains Madeleine Hexter, tour chair. “Not only does this change of season have its own splendor, but these gardens showcase a range of ideas and themes – structure, texture, movement, tranquility, habitat creation, and even whimsy.”

The tour includes the public gardens at St. James’s Episcopal Church on Farmington Avenue where there will be food trucks and a pop-up garden shop with crafts, mixed planters, and house and outdoor plants.

“All proceeds from the tour benefit our civic projects efforts,” notes Hexter. “These include a Junior Gardeners after-school program, garden therapy for seniors in assisted housing, maintaining gardens at the Noah Webster House and Butler-McCook Homestead, and plantings for West Hartford Town Hall, Unity Green, Fern Street triangle, and our newest project, a pollinator pathway at Spicebush Park.”

Elephant ear. Courtesy photo

The club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. “We are excited to reach this milestone and to continue our commitment to enhance the beauty of our community and contribute to civic improvement,” Hexter adds.

The tour’s five private gardens will require a ticket and are open to adults and children over 12. Advance tickets are $20 and available through Sept. 10.

To reserve your ticket, call 860-561-0239 or email [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased online through noahwebster.yapsody.com or by visiting Butler, Moscarillo’s, Stonehedge Garden Centers or the Noah Webster House. On tour day, tickets are $25 and available at St. James’s and each of the garden locations.

More information is also at www.WestHartfordGardenClub.org.

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