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Unique Garden Tour in Phillipston

posted Jun 28, 2014, 5:41 AM by Karl Hakkarainen   [ updated Jun 28, 2014, 5:42 AM ]

The Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc. is sponsoring a two-day garden tour on July 12th and 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour features nine unique gardens with a range of settings not seen in most garden tours. Begin the tour at the Historical Society Museum located at 80 State Road (Route 2A) where you obtain your tickets and a map of the route to the gardens. Lunch with musical entertainment is included. Tickets sold on the days of the tour are $18 (adults) and $5 (children under 10). Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling Mel Haughton at 978-249-3171 or Nancy MacEwen at 978-249-7517. The event will be held rain or shine.

The birdhouse above and several more unique birdhouses can be found on July 12th and 13th in one of the nine gardens on the Phillipston Garden Tour.

The tour showcases the individuality of the Phillipston gardeners. All locations have beautiful and diverse plant varieties, but the settings are all different -- some formal and manicured to perfection, others informal with the appearance that the flowers just grew there naturally. One has interesting arbors and stone walks that lead from planting to planting, another has totems and stone sculptures. There's a fairy garden in one, a Japanese garden in another, and several have fountains of trickling water to add a musical quality to the experience

One garden includes exotic plants brought here from China, another is highlighted by birdhouses of every imaginable design. To "top off" the tour, lunch will be served at a rustic hilltop cabin where one can eat, relax, enjoy some old familiar tunes with local accordion player Jane French and admire the grand view of eight distant mountains.

Carole Gariepy, the historical society’s program chair, said “Each garden reflects the individuality and creativity of the Phillipston resident who designed it. The day will make people smile, they will truly enjoy it – a drive through unspoiled countryside and time spent in unique gardens that will inspire a visitor’s own creativity.”

According to Linda Langevin, President of the historical society, the Society has previously sponsored garden tours, but not for several years. “Participants in this garden tour will be amazed and impressed with what this little town has accomplished and is doing today. We renovated the old Methodist church, created a museum, and moved it to its current location. Funds from the garden tour will help us complete the re-settlement of the museum including a septic, well and its landscaping.”

The Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc. was established in 2000 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. The purpose of the Society is to cultivate and encourage an interest in the history of Phillipston and to establish and maintain a museum. The Society renovated the former Methodist Church on State Road as a museum and in 2013 moved it ¼ mile down the road to a new location with space for expansion. Also in 2013 the society acquired land at the Goulding Village site in east Phillipston and is developing the site to showcase the industrial past of the town. In 2007 the Society publishedThe Spirit of Phillipston, a fascinating history of the town - 352 pages and over 700 photos. The book can be purchased from the Society (Tel: 978-939-5656).

Throughout the year, the Society holds regular programs that are open to the public.