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Backyard Lewes treasures open to public

Annual garden tour honored among state's top one-day events
Jul 02, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Day lilies are popular flowers in Lewes gardens. Nine gardens were open to the public during the 24th annual Lewes Garden Tour, sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.

Originally named the Zwaanendael Heritage Garden Tour, the annual Lewes Garden Tour was conceived by the late Mary Vessels, her brother Jack and sister-in-law Mickey. They wanted the public to see some of the hidden treasures in the backyards of Lewes. That was back in 1990; fast forward to 2002 and the tour was honored with the Governor's Tourism Award for an outstanding one-day event.


Taking the garden tour by bicycle was a popular way to get around. Checking out the tour map are Lisa Swatland of Bethesda, Md., and Jean Whiddon of Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Milton artist Libby Zando casts a reflection as she paints a cat's portrait in the garden of Jon and Nancy Ellsworth on Burton Avenue. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Patrick Sise plays guitar in the butterfly garden at Cadbury at Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Tour-goers enjoy the large backyard-garden at the home of Bonnie Osler and Brook Hedge on Savannah Road. The garden includes a pond, shade trees and a variety of shrubs and flowers, as well as a handmade willow archway. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Flying pigs are hidden throughout the garden of Bonnie Osler and Brooke Hedge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Welcome to the home and garden of Jeff West, who lives on Rodney Street. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
People sit in the shade in Jeff West's backyard Pleasure Garden bordered by Japanese holly. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Statuary is nestled throughout Jeff West's garden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Artist Bev Andrion begins to work in the garden of Jean and Jerry Whiddon on Jefferson Court. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Carpenter's garden on DeVries Circle in a work in progress. Landscape architect Paul DeVilbiss and crew is putting in a water feature. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Fisher-Martin herb garden is now under the sponsorship of Lewes in Bloom. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shuttle buses were busy all day taking people to gardens throughout the city. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Several friends drop by to admire George Farrah's garden on Shipcarpenter Square. They are (l-r) John Baker, Farrah, Richard Latham, Tom Burkart and Chris DiPietro. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
George Farrah's garden has undergone a makeover to include a large area for entertaining. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Delights – such as these colorful lures – are hidden throughout the garden of Jon and Nancy Ellsworth. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
George Farrah's garden in Shipcarpenter Square attracts a crowd. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A bee lands on top of a cone flower in the Fisher-Martin herb garden. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Daisies. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Orange glory. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Balloon flowers. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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