Westport Historical Society’s 27th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, a
vibrant and beautiful tradition that highlights gem-like spaces normally unseen by the public, will
take place on June 10th this year. Five beautiful, inspiring gardens will be on view from 11am to
4pm, and landscape designers, arborists, and garden hosts will share information about how they
created the spaces and maintain their plants, trees, and garden aesthetics.
At Thistle Cottage gardens in Westport, you will be transported into a delightful world of formal
and whimsical garden “rooms”, designed by the artist owner. An English rose garden with an
Italian fountain takes center stage, with five enchanting and unique spaces that surround.
At the Bulkley Barn, an 1820s onion barn which has been meticulously restored, you can see
post-and-beam construction with the original stone foundations and antique farm equipment.
This historic barn is situated in naturalized deer resistant woodland gardens containing ferns,
Solomon’s Seal, Trillium, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trout Lily and Mountain Laurel – all ideal for a
natural shady garden.
In Weston, a 225-year-old colonial farmhouse, on its 3-acre grounds, is noted for its 30 varieties
of peonies- from those with classic to blooms to others that hit the high notes in the full range of
floral types. For over a 30-year period, the owner, a landscape designer, has added carefully
chosen exotic specimen trees to the space – such as Coral Maple, Paper-Bark Maple and Forest
Upon entry to the unique Blau Garden in Westport, cherubs and Roman sculptures punctuate
beds near the circular drive and a folly of Astilbe-filled terrace beds are surrounded by stone
retaining walls and steps. The property features an allée of Pollarded Crabapples leading to a
Neptune fountain circle surrounded by gorgeous Norway spruce; whilst bamboo groves form a
backdrop to the Asian garden with a substantial Buddha, waterfalls, and trickling stream
complete with Water Lilies, Water Iris and a grass garden. Additionally, the sunken rose garden
is framed by stunning stone retaining walls with boxwood parterre and fountain pools.
For the first time, one of Westport’s oldest and most famous estates opens its splendid gates and
gardens for the famed annual WHS Tour.
This timeless treasure was originally built in the 19th Century, and has been preserved and maintained by generations of gardening aficionados.
In addition to the tour, unique items for gardeners and garden lovers from local artisans and
businesses will be available for sale at the Wheeler House Garden Market on Westport Historical
Society’s front lawn, 25 Avery Place, from 9am to 4pm. Vendors include: Cynthia Alexander,
Emmy Starr Designs, Grace Connell Designs, Jean Forte Vintage Gifts, M & F Antique Prints, MCK
Gourmet and Savannah Bee. A pop-up shop featuring a selection of items especially from The
Shop at Wheeler House will be open at the Bulkley Barn with an elegant outdoor/garden theme.
Thank you to our sponsors: Berchem, Moses, PC., Brown’s Monument Works, Sachs Walsh
Insurance, Maplewood Senior Living, Newman’s Own Foundation, The LaurelRock Company,
Darton and Company, Oliver Nurseries and Design Associates, The Care of Trees, Edward F.
Gerber, Chris and Jim Corgel, JMKA | architects, Terrain Café, Amis Trattoria, Arlene and Marty
Yolles, Connecticut Arborists, Gilbertie’s Herb and Garden Center. Special Thanks to: Miggs
Burroughs, Shake Shack and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, Sunday, June 10, 11 am – 4 pm, Garden
Market, 9 am to 4 pm. Tickets $50 for members, $60 for non-members, $75 Day of Tour.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424