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‘Gardenfest’ weekend set for May 21-22: Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea is main event

April 29, 2016
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Plans are being finalized for a "GardenFest Weekend" in Shepherdstown May 21 and 22.

The centerpiece of of both days will be the town's 17th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Community Club. It will include a self-guided walking tour of private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea.

Saturday will also feature a new event: A Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

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The town will host other garden-related activities both days, including a Farmers' Market on Sunday morning.

Both days will also include displays by local artists, access to local historic sites, live music, children's events, carriage rides and special spring menus at many local restaurants.

The Tour and Tea and all the other weekend activities will be held rain or shine.

Garden Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Teas will be offered from 12 noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Admission to both the Tour and Tea will be $20 per person through May 18, and $25 after that. All proceeds from the Tour and Tea will be used to support the two important community resources the Shepherdstown Community Club owns: the War Memorial Building and Morgan's Grove Park.

Tour and Tea tickets and more information are available online now at www.backalleygarden.org. Tour and Tea tickets and more information are available online now at www.backalleygarden.org. Tickets are also on sale in the town at the Valley Florist, Sweet Shop and Four Seasons books store on German Street and Yarnability on South Duke Street

The Audubon Society's Native Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will emphasize plants that benefit endangered pollinators like honeybees and butterflies, and it will include informational displays as well as vendors. At least four different native plant nurseries will be represented.

All of the weekend's other activities will be free and will follow the same hours as the Garden Tour.

For more details about these other activities and information about parking locations during the weekend, go to the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center web site at www.shepherdstown.info or contact the Center at svc@shepherdstown.info 304-876-2786.

'Gardenfest' weekend set for May 21-22: Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea is main event

 
 
 

 

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