Works in Progress Garden Tour, five gardens and lunch

Garden Tour
Nina Jamison’s woodland garden on the tour in 2018. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – You’re invited into five local gardens Saturday, Aug. 17 for the ninth annual Works in Progress Garden Tour, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. The tour runs from 8 a.m. through about 1 p.m. Please spread the word among your garden loving friends.

Our early summer morning will begin with our traditional stop at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just three-quarters of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection and anything else that catches his fancy.

Next we’ll visit Mark Germain’s multi-level stone planting areas. Mark is the grandson of Richard Whitcomb and son of Ann Whitcomb, which is so lovely to make that multi-generation connection.

It sounds like Pat Magrosky has had a lot of work in progress, and she’s willing to share what she’s been up to and her plans for the future. Right next door is Karen and Philip Carpenter’s orchard, vegetable gardens, and new vineyard.

It’s been a few years since we’ve been to Gardens at Dream Barn Hollow, located along a branch of the Williams River, and we’ll see how they’ve evolved to create an amazing, cohesive feeling of magic – meandering pathways, curving borders, vivid colors of a variety of herbs and flower beds invoke a feeling of wonder and awe. Thank you to Alice Harwood for inviting us to have our picnic lunch there.

There is a suggested donation, which includes lunch and plants. Please email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

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