Garden Tour Showcases Area Homes

Want an inside look at some of the area’s most prestigious homes and unforgettable gardens? Now you can meander through more than 12 of them — and come away with a few ideas for your own home.

It’s all possible thanks to the 2007 House and Garden Tour sponsored by The Little Gardens of Tarrytown Garden Club.

“This is the largest tour we’ve ever had,” says Little Gardens’ President, Kathie Lisi. “We’re grateful that so many people have opened their homes and gardens to the public — it’s a rare opportunity to visit these beautiful places in our historic communities.”

The self-guided tour begins at the Historical Society on Grove Street, home of Tarrytown’s first mayor. Check out the Italian Revival-inspired design elements of the house, and examine the tower that was built, according to folklore, just for extra closet space. (Also notice the red bud flowering tree planted in the front of the house by the garden club.) Other tour stops include a garden that was once dominated by a large, ivy-covered boulder, but was transformed by a mother-daughter team into a peaceful space with a koi pond and English flowering perennials. Another featured home is a bungalow boasting stunning Hudson River views and a yard filled with limelight hydrangeas and an 80-year old sugar maple; a stone-lined path leads to a terraced flower garden with more than 50 varieties of perennials, annuals and flowering vines. Sound daunting? It isn’t, assures tour chairperson Annette Stiloski, but you may want to bring a notebook for ideas, whether you’re a novice or pro-gardener. “Everyone will walk away with some hints and inspiration for their own gardens,” said Stiloski.

Proceeds from the tour will help fund town beautification projects. Little Gardens plants and maintains the gardens at the Tarrytown train station, decorates and delivers poinsettias to more than 30 hospice patients at Phelps Hospital every year, and provides annual holiday wreaths for community buildings such as the post office and Village hall. The club also planted flowering trees in the Warner Library Children’s Garden and at Sleepy Hollow High School. Raffle tickets, $1 each or six for $5, are also available from any club member; prizes include spa treatments and brunch for two at the Castle on the Hudson. “This is our only fund-raiser of the year,” noted Lisi. “It’s a fun, inspiring day. But most importantly, it enables us to give so much back to the community.”

The 2007 House and Garden Tour is Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour (pay upon admission at the Historical Society). For tour tickets, information, or to join the Little Gardens of Tarrytown email: LittleGardensTT@aol.com.

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