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An Afternoon in the Garden(s)

Jun 02, 2011 11:44PM ● By Anonymous

I admit it; I am not much of a gardener. I’m pretty impressed with myself that I’ve managed to keep four house plants alive since I moved to Annapolis in February. There was one casualty: an African Violet that apparently really doesn’t like the sun. Whoops.

Just because I can’t grow a garden doesn’t mean I don’t like to live vicariously through other people’s gardens. That’s a pretty good reason, in my opinion, to attend the 11th Annual Secret Garden Tour in Annapolis on Saturday and Sunday. This tour will feature a dozen private gardens in the historic district along Spa Creek, all within walking distance of each other.

If you’re planning a garden of your own, you can check out the different styles of layout and see what inspires you without having to peek through the slats in the fence. One garden, the John Ridout House garden on Duke of Gloucester Street, will only be open to you if you’re a member of the Hammon-Harwood House. That membership and visit is $40.

To see the rest of the gardens, it’s $25 in advance and $30 on the day of. The tour will go on even if it rains. The gardens need the water, after all.