YOUR LAND LYME/OLD LYME GARDEN TOUR SHOWS HOW BEAUTY, UTILITY CAN COMBINE IN BACKYARD LANDSCAPE
Eat local, buy local, grow local is the trend of the decade. And what could be more local than one’s own backyard? With specimen trees and flowers, herb and vegetable gardens, and chickens, ducks and lambs roaming through several of the properties, the six gardens on the 2011 Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour take the locavore movement to heart, beckoning us to return to our roots: back home, and back to the land.
The tour promises lovingly tended vegetable gardens, perennial beds, and flowering trees; herb gardens that stand ready to enhance a special recipe; and a botanist’s garden that seems more like an arboretum than a backyard, according to Ellen Cole, one of the organizers. Visitors can learn how garden owners share their space with their animal friends and discover the added benefits of keeping chickens at home — beyond fresh eggs every morning.
From a village home on the banks of a tidal river to a contemporary dwelling high in the Lyme hills— the tour offers
32 visitors a day of wandering through six private gardens at the first blush of summer, amid the country setting of the lower Connecticut River Valley.
This year’s Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour takes place on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18. The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and visitors should give themselves about three hours to complete the tour.
Catered boxed lunches will be available for $12, for those who reserve by June 12, and a Garden Boutique will offer an array of unique and distinctive items for home and garden. Educational talks, included in the admission price, will feature gardening experts discussing such topics as organic gardening, growing your own vegetables and herbs, and raising orchids.
Tickets for the 2011 Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. Advance sale tickets are available at The Bowerbird in Old Lyme and other locations in Essex. Those ordering lunch should specify which day they plan to attend.
All proceeds from the Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families.
For more information on the agency or the Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour, call (860) 443-2896, ext. 901; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the website at www.childandfamily. com/gardentour.htm.