Garden tour to raise money for Mary Lyon church July 19

Hidden gardens, a lavender labyrinth and heirloom tomatoes are among the highlights of a July 19 garden tour and luncheon, to raise money for the Mary Lyon Church.

Nine country gardens in Buckland and West Hawley will be open for a self-guided tour, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The lavender labyrinth was created by Sandy Cardinal on Hog Hollow Road.

Among the other gardens on tour is a perennial garden on the Major Joseph Griswold Homestead on Upper Street. The ballroom in the house served as a school for women, started by Mary Lyon, who went on to found Mount Holyoke College. One of its gardens was inspired by a gardening course given to one of the Griswold descendents by the late garden designer Elsa Bakalar, a Heath resident and author of “A Garden of One’s Own,” according to Cyndie Stetson, an event organizer.

The tickets, which may be purchased in advance, are printed on a brochure giving directions to each garden site. There is also a buffet luncheon at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. which includes entree, dessert and beverage. Tickets for tour are $10 and tickets for the additional luncheon are $10.

To order tickets in advance, call Stetson at 339-4231 or Lisa Turner at 339-4319. Stetson asks that those planning to come for lunch call ahead, so they know how many guests to plan for.

If you don’t buy a garden tour ticket in advance, they will be available for sale at the Mary Lyon Church, at 17 Upper St. in Buckland.

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