The Plant School: Hosts Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh and Timothy Sonnenfroh

The Redding Garden Club and New Pond Farm Education Center are once again co-sponsoring their garden tour, For the Love of Gardening, Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The self-guided tour showcases the beauty and diversity of eight private Redding gardens. This year, the featured properties include “InSitu,” an eight-acre sculpture garden where nature and art dramatically interact, and “Maple Hill Farm,” a garden that includes a 300-foot waterfall with a 40-foot drop, specimen trees, and water plants.

InSitu: Host Michael Marocco

Rosemary Wright, Redding Garden Club co-president and tour co-chair, noted, “We have an extraordinary selection of gardens on this tour. There is something everyone — art, historical homes, nature, and beautiful gardens.”

For the Love of Gardening is a fund-raiser for New Pond Farm Education Center and the Redding Garden Club’s scholarship fund. This year’s featured gardens:

Horsefeathers: Lush pachysandra, Elizabethan parterres, sweeping nepeta, and fragrant thyme spilling over stone walls are just a few elements that will surround visitors strolling the grounds of this circa 1723 home.

InSitu: A richly composed showcase of horticulture and sculpture, seamlessly woven together in a series of 19 open-air garden rooms. The garden rooms include native meadows, deciduous trees, and flowering plants, all connected by grass, stone walls and woodland walkways.

Maple Hill Farm: An expansive waterfall meanders between two stone walls draped with climbing hydrangeas, and empties into a small pond filled with turtles, mudbugs, brown catfish, trout, and bass. Visitors are invited to tour the extensive vegetable garden.

New Pond Farm Education Center: The 102-acre property the late actress Carmen Mathews transformed into an environmental education center and working farm features rolling pastures, plus perennial, herb and vegetable gardens for visitors to enjoy.

The Plant School: Host Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh and Timothy Sonnenfroh

Plum Row: Since being featured on the 2009 garden tour, Plum Row has continued to evolve and mature. Hard winters, damaging storms, and drought have brought changes as well as provided hidden opportunities for new things to try, and the owners are happy to share their journey.

The Plant School: The gardens on this five-acre property include the “Gold Border,” dominated by mature trees, and the “Pool Border,” with its collection of Knock Out roses and large drifts of annuals and hydrangeas. A series of trails invites you to experience the perimeter borders with their deliciously fragrant fringe trees, peonies and lilacs.

Turtle Rock Farm: An historical 1800s property features a waterfall, pond, perennial beds, and specimen trees. Walk past the original springhouse to see the kitchen garden with its roses, peonies, hydrangeas, viburnums, and 100-year-old German iris.

Warwick Farm: The owners’ goal was to find plants that together provide blooms from February to November. As a result they have tried more than 460 cultivars among 200 species. The main gardens include the “Holly Bank” and the 40- by 50-foot vegetable garden, which also serves as a cutting and nursery overflow garden for annuals like larkspurs, poppies, love-in-a-mist, dahlias, cosmos, marigolds, sunflowers, and sweet peas.

Plum row: Hosts Diane and Chris Tamboia

For the Love of Gardening — Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $40 for the tour, $52 for the tour plus catered picnic lunch. Guests may enjoy pre-ordered lunch at New Pond Farm or take it with them starting at 10 a.m.

Tickets and luncheon reservations must be purchased in advance through New Pond Farm’s website, www.newpondfarm.org, or by calling 203-938-2117. Deadline for reservations is June 7. Lunch order deadline is June 1. Ticket holders will receive a map showing the locations of the gardens to be visited and the starting location for their tour. A drawing will be held at New Pond Farm with a selection of garden-related prizes.

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The Plant School: Host Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh & Timothy Sonnenfroh
InSitu: Host Michael Marocco
The Plant School: Hosts Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh & Timothy Sonnenfroh
InSitu: Host Michael Marocco
Plum Row: Hosts Diane & Chris Tamboia
Plum Row: Hosts Diane & Chris Tamboia