The Friends of Carpenter-Carse Library is holding a garden tour of seven Hinesburg gardens on Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a wonderful opportunity to stroll around Hinesburg home gardens and appreciate the different landscapes of the town and the artistry of each gardener.
Anne Donegan, a member of the Friends of the Carpenter-Carse Library who has spearheaded this effort, got the idea because friends were often surprised once they went behind her house and saw her gardens.
“Hinesburg has a lot of wonderful home gardens we never see behind our hedge or up our long driveway,” she said. “It seemed a great idea to create a Hinesburg garden tour to share our gardens and raise funds for our library.”
The gardeners who were selected and willing to generously show their gardens include Maria Belliveau, Anne Donegan, Beverly Knight, Marcia Pierce, Kim Reidinger, Ginny Roberts and Kate Schubart. The committee hopes to make this an annual event with lots of other gardens on their list. They are happy to have referrals or volunteers who’d like to have their garden on a future tour.
How does a garden tour work? With a purchase of a ticket, you will receive a map of the gardens on the tour and a booklet about the gardens. You can travel at your own pace to visit these gardens within a five-hour window.
Committee member Mary Beth Harris summed up the volunteer effort for the library.
“It all benefits our beloved library that goes way above and beyond in its offerings to our community and I expect to come away with lots of gardening inspiration,” she said.
Tickets are on sale for $15 dollars at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg and Red Wagon Plants. You can also call Anne Donegan at 482-2017 or 363-6471. Tickets are limited so best to purchase them early. Volunteers are also needed the day of the tour, and volunteers will get a free ticket for half the day.