The Milton Garden Club will hold its largest fundraiser, the 14th Annual Gardens and Homes Tour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“The garden club plants and maintains 10 public gardens that belong to the Town of Milton and 50 or so urns and planters,” said Kathryn Greig, co-chair of the Garden Selection Committee. “This event pays for the plants, the fertilizer and anything else we may use.”
The tour will feature 11 private gardens, two homes, two public gardens, a special hardscape display and the Milton Historical Society’s Lydia Black Cannon Museum, among other features.
One of the featured homes is the Adkins-Draper House, owned by Jim Prettyman and located at 204 Federal St. According to Janey Wilson of the Milton Garden Club, the house was built in 1769 and the front addition was built in 1840. The home was recently restored to period and is furnished with Federal antiques, historical portraits and chandeliers. Outside, hydrangeas surround the perimeter of the back and one side of the house and “The Draper Rose Garden” is next to the patio.
One of the featured gardens is at 207 Federal St., where resident Jolynn Esham has been working on her garden for 36 years. According to Wilson, Esham and a group of friends have collected bricks from the Milton area and made a patio, walkways and raised flower beds. Two ponds have been constructed that are home to fish and frogs.
“Over the years Jolynn has been busy planting a parade of color that begins in February with the flowering helleborous and continues throughout the year,” Wilson said. “The garden has been the fulfillment of a dream for Jolynn and was recently designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.”
Vendors will set up shop in the gardens to sell various items like paintings, jewelry and garden accessories. There will also be demonstrations of wood carving and floral arranging, as well as a plant sale and refreshments compliments of the Garden Club.
The Milton Art Guild will host a reception and featured exhibit “About the Garden” from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Milton Historical Society Museum at 210 Union St.
Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Antiques in Milton, Lewes Printing, Hillside Flowers, Pepper’s Greenhouse, Salon Milton and the Milton Farmers’ Market. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at the Garden Club booth in front of the Milton Historical Society. All participants will receive a tour book. The event will be held rain or shine.