The Secret Garden Tour
I’ve been pretty busy lately and it’s gotten in the way of writing, which is what I should be doing. It’s what I would rather be doing, for sure. But, I accepted the responsibility of chairing The Secret Garden Tour, here in Cape May as a favor for a friend.
The event is this coming Saturday and I can’t wait for it to be over. Mind you, there have been some upsides to this and I’m grateful for that. I’ve met some new friends thanks to stalking gardens and that’s always a good thing. Finding new friends, not stalking.
What I mean by ‘stalking gardens’ is that’s how I found the gardens that will be featured this year. We’re fairly new to the area and I don’t know that many people, (perhaps I should get out more?), and when I took this on it was January which makes finding beautiful gardens a bit difficult here in the Northeast.
My friend, Kate, was very helpful and the two of us were pretty much the entire ‘committee’. We figured it was best to use the cold months to find the perfect venue, which we did. Willow Creek Winery will be the home base for the tour and we have hired 3 trolleys to take the people around and get them back in time for lunch at noon.
We needed to find artists and ask them to donate their art for the art auction, which was a big success last year. We have fewer artists this year but, we’re adding another table for what’s called a ‘Chinese Auction’. I have no clue how it got that name but, it’s where you sell tickets for chances to win items, which have a bag in front of them and you put the tickets into the bag. Then someone, probably me, will pull out the winning ticket.
That’s what Kate and I spent most of the winter doing. Finding art and gathering gift certificates for things like a spa day or golf outing, etc. for the drawings. The art will be bid on individually. Does that make sense? It sounds confusing I know. I’m donating a pet portrait. Not one I’ve already painted, obviously, but one for the highest bidder who has a pet.
So as spring arrived I was walking and riding around looking over people’s fences and peeking into their yards to see if they had a nice garden that others might enjoy seeing. If I liked what I saw I either knocked on the door or left a note about the tour with my phone number so they could get back to me.
I automatically put our garden on the tour. I recruited a few neighbors I knew who had beautiful gardens then went off to recruit strangers. It was challenging, for sure but, thankfully I found some lovely people who have some amazing gardens to share with everyone this weekend.
Of course, my personal gardener, Dave, has been working his butt off to get ours ready for everyone. I can say right now it is spectacular! These photos prove it!
I had to get a shot of Buddy in!
So,if you are near Cape May this weekend PLEASE come join us! It’s too late to add you for the lunch, but if you ask me nicely I might be able to fit you in! 😉