The Monadnock Garden Club will sponsor a tour of six private gardens in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 29 from 10 – 4. Proceeds of the tour support the efforts of the MGC to maintain The Spalding Nature Trail at Monadnock and The Wyman Tavern Garden in Keene. MGC supports The Monadnock Conservancy, Student Conservation Association, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Audubon Camper Program. Tickets ($20) may be purchased via mail. Please send checks, payable to The Monadnock Garden Club, to PO Box 343, Jaffrey, NH 03452. On the day of the Tour, tickets will be sold at the Monadnock Inn, Jaffrey, and at all the gardens.
Of special interest to friends of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, one of the featured gardens is owned by our past President Margaret Pokorny and her husband Gene. The 14 acre garden, a vignette of which is pictured below, might almost be called a Hidden Garden. When they purchased the property in 1989, apart from a few mature trees along the frontage, some tree lilacs, and a vast lawn, they were presented with a tabula rasa. Now, stone walls, pathways, and planting beds accompany unusual trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Two vegetable growing areas and a small orchard are also part of the design.