2005-08-04 / News

Garden club to host local tour Aug. 27

The Quononoquott Garden Club of Jamestown will host a “Fall Into Jamestown,” garden tour on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at seven loca-tions around the island.

“Most club’s pick another month for a garden tour,” said Gloria Westlake, the club’s vice president. The majority of garden tours are in the early summer before plants are affected by heat and drought, she noted. “But August is the time when every-thing is biggest and most color-ful,” Westlake said.

In addition to the gardens on tour, the club is encouraging visi-tors to the island to take some time to see as many of Jamestown’s cultural sites and scenic vistas as possible.

In the tour brochure, which will be given to all paid tour par-ticipants, are descriptions of all the island’s museums, state parks, and other points of interest.

“Of course, we’ll tell them about all the great restaurants, too,” Westlake said.

Included on the tour are gar-dens that all members of the fam-ily can enjoy.

Gardens that feature model railroads and a farm bursting with vegetables and sunflowers are on the tour, as is a garden owned by glass-blowers who will be plying their ancient craft while people walk their pastoral setting. One garden features a magnificent 40by 60-foot water feature, com-pletely hidden from the street, which can only be viewed on the garden tour, Westlake said.

“This is a great chance for people to come and appreciate all that Jamestown has to offer,” she added, as well as to peruse the gardens on tour. “Plan to spend the day,” Westlake advised.

This will be the third garden tour for the 40-member club since 1997 and both prior tours have drawn more than 500 visitors from as far away as the Midwest.

Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 on tour day, and are available at Baker’s Pharmacy and the Secret Garden, both in Jamestown, and at Frerich’s Farm in Warren. Advance tickets may also be bought by calling 7891685.

In case of rain, the tour will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28.

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