Delight of gardens this weekend in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — Garden Month at the Falmouth Memorial Library comes to an end this weekend with the first Falmouth Garden Tour.

The tour will feature 12 gardens around town, most of which have never been open to the public. The gardens on the tour will not be revealed until the day of the event.

According to Marsha Clark a former library trustee, the garden search committee received 30-40 gardens to consider.

“We wanted to get a mixture, big gardens on the ocean that are manicured by landscapers, and private gardens that people are out in every day,” she said. “We really do have a good mix of gardens.”

Committee members wanted to make sure that the gardens appealed to a wide range of people, Clark said. They looked for several features in each garden, including hardscape and water features, woodland gardens, perennial and even some vegetable gardens.

The tour begins at the Falmouth Memorial Library on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m.; ticket holders can pick up their maps and bracelets at the library starting at 9 a.m. There is no set order or schedule for viewing the gardens.

“People can spend as much time in a garden as they want,” Clark said. “So if they walk into a garden and say ‘Gee, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen,’ they can stay there for an hour or two if they want.”

From 10 a.m.-noon two of the gardens will host book signings by local authors Lisa Colburn and Judy Paolini.

Tickets for the garden tour are on sale at the Falmouth Memorial Library, Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, Skillins Greenhouses, O’Donals Nursery and Estabrook’s for $20 in advance through 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the library for $25 on Saturday.

Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.

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The first annual Falmouth Garden Tour will allow ticketholders access to several gardens in town that have never been open to the public. The tour features book signings from local authors Lisa Colburn and Judy Paolini at two of the gardens.

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