On Friday, June 11, the Friends of John Jay Homestead are hosting an outdoor cocktail party, called “In the Garden,” to honor the many local volunteers who tend the gardens at the state historic site in Katonah.
“We have some pretty dedicated people who come here on a weekly basis, all season long,” says Wendy Ross, executive director of the the Friends of John Jay. “This is really a thank-you to all the volunteers.”
The gala, which is open to the public, will feature local farm-to-table food, wines and beer in the newly restored Sundial and Fountain Gardens.
Jonathan Pratt, the owner of Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown Heights and a strong proponent of farm-to-table cooking, will be catering the food.
“In the Garden” runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with a rain date of June 12.
“We have no tents — this is a totally outdoor experience, a beautiful summer evening in the garden,” Ross says. It’s the first party in the formal gardens for the Friends group, which has been helping to raise money for the Route 22 site since 1977.
The party will honor volunteers from the Bedford Garden Club, the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America, Hopp Ground Garden Club and Rusticus Garden Club.
Here’s a shot (both photos from Nancy Dexter) of the herb garden, which is maintained by the Herb Society volunteers:
Along with the restored gardens, the historic Jay property has a new Community Teaching Garden adjoining the Herb Garden and new gravel paths, deer fencing, directional signs and composting bins. Proceeds from this party will go toward future garden and grounds projects.
Ticket prices start at $125 for members, $150 for nonmembers. For more information, e-mail the Friends at friends@johnjayhomestead
.org or call the office at 914-232-8119.