Secret Gardens


I’ve been asked to chair a committee here in Cape May for the 2nd annual Secret Garden Tour. It’s part of the Cape May Forum and last year I participated by providing a painting of mine that was auctioned off, as well as helping to set up the luncheon after the garden tour.



The baton has been passed to me and, to be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed with the responsibility. Things went smoothly, from my view, last year and raised a decent amount of money which goes toward educational and cultural initiatives through affiliate programs in Cape May County.

So, knowing all the hard work my friends put into this garden tour last year and trying to create one that’s a little bit different but still interesting and lucrative this year is daunting.

I was expressing my concerns to my husband the other evening and he said, “Are you kidding me? You have produced Bridal Fairs and other events that were much more involved than this.”

He’s right. I have. But that was in the 80’s when I was in my 30’s. My energy level is not quite what it used to be. But, it made me think about the process and lifted my doubts a bit.

Creating Bridal Fairs was fun. Challenging, but fun. I had a great crew who helped me bring it all together. We collaborated with a Bridal Shop and they provided the gowns and tuxedos. I had an assistant who helped sell booths to any and all businesses that brides and newlyweds might need. We were able to book the Sheraton Hotel for the event, which was a big deal. The venue is so important. And the fact that I owned and operated a modeling agency was the cherry on top.

Did I mention I was in my 30’s?

The difference here is, I’m relatively new to the area and don’t know everyone personally who participated last year. I am hopelessly inept at remembering names, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to gather a committee to help get things going.

None the less, with some helpful folks at my side, we will get this together. We will be focusing on West Cape May this year, which is where we live and that means our garden will be on the tour. I’m certain Dave will make it fabulous!



There are some farms here that have gorgeous gardens and I’m sure there are many backyard gardens you can’t see from the street, so snooping will be required. It won’t be a walking tour as last years was so I’m looking into renting trolleys to take folks around.

I’ve reached out to Willow Creek Winery, one of our neighbors, to be our home base. They have a beautiful facility for events and a great tapas menu for a light lunch at the end of the tour. Not to mention, wine! If they decline we’ll find another place nearby.

But, my motivation is to make my friend Myra proud. She was the chair last year and made it the success that warrants a second year. She had to bow out due to her husband being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. If you’ve visited this blog before you may have noticed my book, While You Were Sleeping. It’s all about my husband’s successful battle with that miserable cancer.

So, my husband Dave and I will be cheering for Myra and her husband, Dave, to kick cancer’s ass once again! And, I’m sure Myra will be cheering on the Secret Garden Tour committee.


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  1. Mercyn

    Good luck. I am sure you will do a fantastic job. I love Cape May!

    • Barbara

      Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  2. Lee Sequeira

    Thanks for sharing some beauty with us – we needed it 🙂

    • Barbara

      Ain’t it the truth?!

  3. pia

    Barbara you’re so multi-talented you take my breath away. I know the Secret Garden tour will be an incredible success.

    • Barbara

      Thanks, Pia. It’s a gift that I kind of ignored for many years. Never felt worthy. It took me close to 60 years to acknowledge and celebrate my gift. I am so grateful and I’m using it for good!

  4. Savoring Sixty and Beyond

    Enjoy your blog! You are so blessed to have such a gift!

    • Barbara

      Thank you very much. I do believe it is a gift and I am always grateful!

  5. Eileen Hopkins

    Best of luck with this. Something tells me anything you touch turns to “gold”!!!

    • Barbara

      I don’t know about that, Eileen, but so far things are going fairly well. Comes down to the $$, of course. But, I’m hopeful. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  6. Linda

    With your background, I’m sure the garden tour will be a success. Besides, you’re in gorgeous Cape May! I hope you’ll be posting details closer to the date.

    • Barbara

      I’m sure there will be details and photos, Linda. And, if you can come down for it that would be great! It should be a great time of year to visit here!

  7. Style Maniac

    What a pretty project! Nice to see something colorful and happy in this crazy world we are living in right now. Your garden looks great and the tour sounds like a winner. Have fun with it.

    • Barbara

      Yeah, I’m ready for some beauty and joy!

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