Camden Garden Club’s House and Garden Tour

Thursday, July 21, 2011

9:30am to 4pm

From their website: 

“The Garden Club’s main event and only fundraiser is its famous Annual House and Garden Tour. Held on the third Thursday in July since its inception in 1947 this tour has become so popular that many tourists plan their vacations around it.

In 2011, the Garden Club will present the 64th  Annual House and Garden Tour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 21st, 2011, rain or shine. Enjoy a day visiting eight lovely homes and gardens on one of Maine’s oldest and most famous summer tours..

 This year one of the homes is a re-creation of  a Maine turn-of-the-century shingle style cottage. Its traditional facade belies its state of the art green components including geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar-array panels, and environmentally friendly construction materials.

One of the other tour houses exhibits an entirely new approach to the New England vernacular, reducing familiar farmhouse shapes to beautifully pared-down white boxes as simple as Monopoly houses, according to its noted architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

Of course, the tour includes lovely gardens.  The gardens of two avid gardeners round out the tour properties. Both are testimony to their dedication to creating beautiful spaces and the pleasure they and others take in seeing them come into bloom every year.

Gardens that speak of their owners’ longtime hard work and others that showcase the skill of some of the area’s fine professional landscapers will complement a wide range of house styles and periods included on the 64th annual Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour. On view this year will be a 200-year-old Federal home, two gracious bay-front estates, a 20th century post-modern house, and two recently constructed houses embodying the best of current design.

In addition, a Garden Tea Party at Margo Moore Interiors, 74 Elm Street (Route 1), Camden, will top off the day. From 2 until 6 p.m. tour-goers are invited to stop by for tea and light refreshments as they enjoy a display of beautiful and unique container gardens, stunning silk flower arrangements, a jewelry trunk show, and complimentary tastings of Cellardoor wines. A portion of all sales during the tea will benefit the Camden Garden Club. ”

Advance tickets: $25   Day of Tour: $30

To buy tickets or for more information view the Camden Garden Club’s website here.

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