The Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will sponsor its 23rd annual Lewes Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15.
Twenty-three years ago the late Mary Vessels, her brother Jack and sister-in-law Mickey conceived the idea to share some of the marvelous hidden gardens of Lewes with neighbors and visitors. Originally named the Zwaanendael Heritage Garden Tour, it took place June 23, 1990. In 2000, the event was honored with a Governor’s Tourism Award for Outstanding One Day Event.
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The seven private gardens on this year’s tour were selected by Tour Chair Carolyn Marshall; they represent a variety of styles and types of gardens. Five gardens are located in or near the historic district, many of them within walking distance of Zwaanendael Park, where the Garden Market and the chamber’s visitor center are. Two gardens are on the Lewes Beach side of the canal.
In addition to the Garden Market where more than 40 vendors will be selling garden-related items, members of the Lewes-based Cape Artists will be in the tour gardens.
To date, artists who have confirmed their participation include fiber artist Sarah Pavlik as well as Jean Bowers, Gerry Gaskill and Ellen Serafini. Tour goers can enjoy beverages and lunch in the refreshment tent provided by Café Amici in Zwaanendael Park with coffee service beginning at 8 a.m. During the hours of the tour, free shuttle service is available for ticket holders.
Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. They will go on sale Memorial Day weekend at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce visitor center in the Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park next to the Zwaanendael Museum.
For more information on the tour or to order tickets in advance, call 302-645-8073.