Did you know Manchester, Dorset and East Dorset are home to some of Vermont’s most beautiful private gardens? Most are never open to the public but, on Saturday, July 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., eight of these hidden gems will allow special access to participants of the Garden Club of Manchester’s (GCM) self-guided, biennial Garden Tour.

“It is through the generosity of the owners that ticket holders can enjoy these magnificent gardens and we cannot thank them enough!” acknowledges Becky Burke, who has been spearheading this year’s tour. “We are very excited to welcome many new gardens to our tour this year and to host such a wide range of garden styles — everything from traditional cottage and modern sculpture gardens to those highlighting panoramic views, specimen plants and trees or boasting a bounty of heirloom vegetables and herbs. If you love flowers, are a gardener or a group or solo activity our tour is the perfect Vermont day out and a great way to discover what’s beyond the high gates and private road signs.”

Gardens Include:

  • The Playhouse, 227 Prospect Street, Manchester
  • Seven Springs Garden and Sculpture Park, 325 Silver Springs Lane, Manchester
  • Strawberry Fields, 175 Johnnycake Street, Manchester
  • Greenfields, 217 Upland Downs Road, Manchester
  • 1298 Mad Tom Road, East Dorset
  • 427 Upper Hollow Road, Dorset
  • 1030 Danby Mountain Road, Dorset
  • 133 Sargent Pass, Dorset

Proceeds from ticket sales support GCM’s scholarship program. Advance tickets are available through July 19 at $25.00 per person. Children under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased online through July 20 or with check or cash through July 15 at HN Williams Store in Dorset and at Northshire Book Store in Manchester, where credit cards are accepted. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at each garden location for $30.00 per person (check or cash only). For more information about the gardens and to purchase tickets online visit: www.gardenclubofmanchester.com.

The tour will happen rain or shine. There are no restroom facilities at the private gardens and children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. There are no pets allowed. Parts of the gardens may not be handicapped accessible. If you ordered your tickets online, you MUST check in at one of the gardens with the garden hostess to get your sticker and program that will allow you entrance to each garden. Please bring your online receipt with you to pick up your tickets.

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