Press release from Joanne Bartoli of the New Rochelle Garden Club:
“SECRET GARDENS OF NEW ROCHELLE
“The Garden Club of New Rochelle is holding a Secret Gardens of New Rochelle tour on Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its goal is to make the public aware of the wonderful gardens that are tucked away behind homes throughout New Rochelle.
“The self-guided tour features eight beautiful and diverse gardens, each reflecting the imagination and work of those who have planted them. They include a master gardener’s spacious organic gardens around her converted horse barn home, while another garden with cedar enhancements and whimsical touches among its beautiful plantings surrounds a homestead listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.
“Two of the gardens are located on what was once Thomas Paine’s original land grant. One features a wonderful stone goldfish pond, many shrubs, several varieties of blue spruce, an umbrella pine, a magnolia grandiflora and redbud trees. This homeowner is a hands-on gardener who loves to discuss gardening and raises over 1,200 annuals from seeds.
A profusion of perennials and annuals behind a rustic split-rail fence greets visitors as they approach another garden site. These garden owners have a passion for orchids and raise about 175 varieties, including some native to New York State. Many of them will be on display outdoors.
A massive rock canyon at another location forms the background for a harmonious blending of gardens with a wild, natural flair, a shade garden and unusual annuals and perennials.
Roses are always popular and tour participants will be delighted by the rose garden of a local rosarian, who meticulously cares for approximately 200 miniatures, hybrids, climbers and floribundas. Another lovely tour site features a multi-terraced garden with specimen trees, beautiful vines, select perennials and a compelling view of Long Island Sound.
The Garden Club of New Rochelle is the oldest garden club in New York State and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011. Proceeds from the tour will help fund the Club’s civic beautification projects. Advance purchase tickets for this self-guided tour are priced at $20 each. Tickets purchased the day of the tour cost $25. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call David Weiser at 914 804-7589 or Irene Schindler at 914 636-4206.