Lewes' hidden gardens open for tours

In the middle of her Savannah Road garden, artist and floral designer Pamela Rankin sets up a dining table for a Downton Abbey dinner party. BY RON MACARTHUR
June 24, 2013

Twenty-three years ago, the late Mary Vessels, her brother Jack and sister-in-law Mickey conceived the idea of sharing some of the hidden gardens of Lewes with neighbors and visitors. The idea took hold and the Lewes Garden Tour – originally called the Zwaanendael Heritage Garden Tour – has taken place every year since.

Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, this year's event featured eight gardens, the Fisher-Martin Herb Garden and a large garden market in Zwaanendael Park. Carolyn Marshall was chairperson of the 2013 tour.

Free shuttle service was provided by Lewes Senior Center, Irish Eyes, Jolly Trolley, Beebe Medical Center and Prudential Gallo, Realtors.