Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Secret Garden Tour


The 2013 Dover Library Garden Tour on Sunday, June 2, from 11 – 4, features five lovely gardens, one of which was designed and planted in 1916, as well as one with a tranquil koi pond in a hilltop setting.  The Powisset Garden Club of Dover and Chicatabot Garden Club are members of the Friends and are working on this garden tour. Each garden, four of which have never before been on the tour, is a unique destination.  One of the gardens on tour, Strawberry Hill Farm, was begun in 1916 and has two freestanding rows of espaliered apple and pear trees. The candelabra apples, fan and horizontal arm pears, and Belgian Fence are still spectacular after ninety-six years. The frame for the espaliered gazebo was obtained from the 1939 World’s Fair. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society awarded their grand prize to the espalier orchard three years running; and it was featured in two magazines in the 1960’s, including House and Garden. The original plantings of salmon azalea, spring-flowering viburnum, French lilacs, rambler rose and a Stewartia specimen still thrive, some of which have achieved magnificent stature. All is set off by a sculpted pond full of painted turtles, pollywogs and dragonflies.  Advance tickets are $30 each, and will also be available on the day of the tour at the Dover Library for $35.  For more information, garden pictures and ticket orders, visit www.friendsofdoverlibrary.com.

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