Annual Works in Progress garden tour, six gardens and lunch

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – You’re invited into six local gardens Aug. 5 for the Eighth annual Works in Progress Garden Tour, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield.

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The 2016 Garden Tour. Photo provided.

Our early summer morning will begin at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just three-fourths of an acre. Williams is known for his extensive hosta collection, and he’s been adding ladyslippers, an assortment of annuals, and anything else that catches his fancy.

Next we’ll make a stop at Pat Belknap’s lovely yard that includes a mix of shade and sun-loving plants, daylilies, hostas, and annuals leading to a friendship gate connecting to her neighbor’s yard.

The gardens of Nina and Herb Jamison feature a forest setting with low stone walls, perennial beds connected by pebble paths, stone steps, stone seats, and whimsy throughout. Enjoy the lavender-lined path, wilds interspersed with planting beds and two woodland walks.

Now on to Bartonsville to see Marvie Campbell’s extensive backyard vegetable gardens and her ways of dealing with deer and watering. She’ll show us her new productive kitchen garden in a raised bed right out the back door.

Back in Springfield, we’ll visit Bonnie Andrews who believes in “planting enough stuff so you don’t have to weed.” Shade and sun plants, paths and interesting discoveries abound! Betsy Owen usually grows a few of her favorite summer vegetables with room for lots of garlic and winter squash for winter storage. A border of flowers always finds its way in, both volunteers from last year like sunflowers and poppies, and a few annuals.

Less than a mile away is Diane Kemble’s where lunch made from fresh local ingredients will be served on the deck and porch, overlooking the vegetable garden, berry patches, flowers, field and pond. The Works in Progress theme is definitely in evidence here.

The tour, which ends with lunch, runs from 8 a.m. through about 1 p.m. A suggested donation fee includes lunch and plants. Please email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 802-885-1156 or 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

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