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Milton's Gardens and Homes Tour July 13 blooms with displays of private and public gardens

Milton Art Guild to host About the Garden exhibit 3 to 6 p.m.
Jul 02, 2013
Source: Submitted Hydrangeas bloom in one part of the garden of Fred and Alyssa Pepper, horticultural specialists from Pepper's Greenhouses. They have more than 35 years of combined horticultural experience. Their garden is a plant collector’s dream, with more than 1,000 usual and rare plants.

The Milton Garden Club will present its 14th Annual Gardens and Homes Tour featuring 11 very diverse private gardens, two homes, two public gardens, special hardscape display and the Milton Historical Society’s Lydia Black Cannon Museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13. The tour is a walking tour of eight gardens in historic Milton plus three new gardens and dozens of window boxes in Heritage Creek.

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The Milton Art Guild will host a reception and featured exhibit, About the Garden, from 3 to 6 p.m. for all tour participants at the Milton Historic Society. The artists who have been working in the gardens will bring their day’s work to display outdoors in the museum’s lovely garden. Guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine or a soda with light hors d’oeuvres while seeing the progress made on the garden art and chatting with the artists about their work and the day’s experience.

There will be special events taking place in the gardens: artists painting; sales of jewelry, garden accessories and note cards; demonstrations of wood carving and floral arranging; and a display by Blessings Blends. There will be a Master Gardener’s booth and, as always, a plant sale and refreshments compliments of the Milton Garden Club.

The Milton Garden Club is dedicated to making Milton bloom with flowers. Club members plant and maintain 10 gardens and more than 50 urns and planters in downtown Milton. The annual garden tour is the club’s major source of fundraising.

Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Antiques in Milton, Lewes Printing, Hillside Flowers, Pepper’s Greenhouse, Salon Milton or at the Milton Farmers Market, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Fridays. Day-of-tour tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Milton Garden Club booth in front of the Milton Historical Society Museum, 210 Union St. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information go to or to reserve tickets call Kathryn at 302-684-3804.


Ellen Calhoun's terraced garden includes perennials, nikko and limelight hydrangeas, knockout roses, many varieties of vines, ostrich ferns, a fish pond, an espaliered fig tree, a hanging swing and a space for vegetables. (Source: Submitted)
Jolynn Esham's garden is the product of 36 years of work. It includes brick walkways, a patio, raised beds of perennials and annuals, and two ponds. The garden was recently designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. (Source: Submitted)
Diane and John Kemp's garden, traced with crushed red granite walkways, includes perennials, shrubs and trees, water fountains, a rain barrel, a bird bath and bird feeders, and annuals in window boxes. (Source: Submitted)
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