SARATOGA SPRINGS - Soroptomist International of Saratoga County invites area voyeuristic green thumbs Sunday to its 19th annual Secret Gardens Tour.
According to co-chair Barbara Lombardo, this year’s assortment of 11 gardens includes a 100-year-old grape arbor; terraced gardens with cascading water; an equine-shaped topiary and Mayor Scott Johnson’s Caroline Street home with a number of mature trees, older shrubs and manicured plantings on the property.
Donna Redgrave of Malta, a gardener for all of her adult life, has 40 David Austin English Roses in her flower gardens interspersed with perennials and self-seeding annuals in two small areas of her yard. She also has created a stone labyrinth that serves as a tribute to her son, who died in 2010. Inspiration for the feature came from visiting the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, in which she copied a classical seven-circuit design.
Redgrave put in wood-chip paths and native stones and other special touches, however, including a large rock in the center meant for quiet meditation.
Since the extensive maze was completed two years ago, she also added a rock garden and a cedar arbor at the entrance. “Grief is a very strong energy, and I needed to do something with it,” Redgrave said. “(The labyrinth) all adds up to a very special place.”
Proceeds from the self-guided tour will go toward Soroptimist International’s local programs, including Domestic Violence and Rape Crises Services of Saratoga County.
IF YOU GO
The 19th annual Soroptimist International of Saratoga County’s Secret Gardens Tour will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at various locations in Saratoga County. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 on the day of the tour and are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or at 10 a.m. Sunday if any remain, at Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway. Visit wwww.soroptimist
saratoga.org for details.