The garden gates of seven lovely properties will be open on Thursday July 16, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to welcome those attending Camden Garden Club’s 68th annual House & Garden Tour. This year ticket holders will be treated to a very special look back at favorite homes and gardens from the past, and those grand summer “cottages” so symbolic of the Maine coast.
One of the many highlights of the tour will be the very unique in-town garden of Helene and Stephen Huyler offering peace and tranquility for all to enjoy. The 1.25 acre site, once a large flat lawn bordered by an old apple orchard, has been lovingly and painstakingly transformed over the past 30 years into a number of contemplative ‘rooms.’ An enormous red Japanese Maple, an s-curved apple tree and a White Ash, that is over 290 years old, were all preserved and included in Stephen Huyler’s initial garden design. In the early stages of construction several hundred tons of rocks, excavated from construction sites in the area, were dumped on the property for free. Later additions to the garden included waterfalls, ponds and streams. The stonework in the courtyard, which leads to the garden, is very unique as is the relocated driveway at the rear of the house. A Victorian conservatory adds even more charm to the exceptional surroundings that will leave a lasting impression on all those fortunate enough to visit.
Camden Garden Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. More information about the House & Garden Tour, and where to purchase advance tickets is available on the website CamdenGardenClub.com. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.