When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Rain Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016Where: Stark Park, River Rd. Manchester, NHCost: Tickets will be available for $20 in Stark Park starting at 9 a.m.What: Manchester's Friends of Stark Park Garden Tour!
Calling all garden enthusiasts, green thumbs, and flower appreciators! Expand your love by spending a delightful day on a self-guided, self-paced Garden Tour featuring several private gardens in the vicinity of Stark Park. These lovely, stylistically, and horticulturally diverse gardens are creations of inspiration ranging from homeowner gardeners to professionally designed landscapes. Get an up-close, behind the gates look at scent gardens, moss gardens, fairy waterfalls, hybridized daylilies, sculptures and so much more! Whether you are an experienced gardener or just getting started, these unique locations will give you many ideas to consider for your own landscape.
You will begin your Garden Tour at beautiful historic Stark Park to obtain your tour program book and map, revealing the locations of our “secret gardens.” You are welcome to visit the gardens in any order. You can linger in one and pass through another more quickly -- you control your time. Volunteers will be at each garden to check tickets and direct you to the gardens. You may find an artist from the NH Institute of Art capturing a blooming rose on canvas or a musician from the Manchester Community Music School playing softly in the garden. Some highlights to entice any gardener might be colonies of honeybees, the grounds of an historic inn, mini-gardens such as a moss garden and fairy waterfalls, woodland gardens and unusual tropical plants. You may even get a taste of an Elderberry flower!
The proceeds of the tour go directly to the beautification of Stark Park. The Friends of Stark Park continue to work hard to maintain the improvements that have been done so far in the park. Future improvements include reducing the number of invasive species such as Burning Bush and European Spindle Tree among several other invasives, trail improvements, opening up views to the gravesite from the trails below and opening views to the river. The Department of Forest and Lands are currently working on a tree assessment for the park and our Master Planning Committee is continuing to develop ideas for future improvements.
We encourage everyone to enjoy lunch at the park! Bring a picnic lunch or, even better, try out The Kitchen, located on River Road!
Looking to decrease your carbon footprint? Travel to the gardens on your bicycle! All of the gardens are within 3 miles of Stark Park and creates a 10-mile loop. We encourage any avid bike riders to travel to the gardens on bicycle. Not sure? Bring your car and bicycles to Stark Park and take a look at the map; then decide if you’d like to drive or ride!
If you have any questions prior to the event, don't hesitate to reach out via our Contact page, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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