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Rockport Stuff: Farmers Market, Garden Club Tour, Scandinavian Mid-Summer Fest

Rockport is kicking into summer this weekend with the Rockport Garden Club Tour, which starts on Friday June 20th. It’s a walking tour this year, which is cool because well, you can walk from garden to garden. Just imagine, instead of getting into your car between gardens on the tour, you can stroll at a leisurely pace, enjoying the hidden botanical gems of Rockport. No more fumbling with your keys, no more peering from the map in your hand back to the windshield as you try to find the next location, no more nearly side-swiping some unsuspecting tourist or one of your fellow Garden Club members in your desperate attempt to find a parking space. The Garden Tours are always wonderful, but this one might just be the most relaxing and inspiring one yet — you don’t want to miss it. Tickets are available at Toad Hall Bookstore now through the dates of the tour, and on the dates of the tour (June 20th and 21st) at Harvey Park under the Rockport Garden Club tent.Garen tour Poster 2014_500x398

Spiran Hall is hosting their annual Scandinavian Mid-Summer Fest this Saturday, June 21st, also in Harvey Park at the corner of Pleasant Street and Broadway. The Mid-Summer Fest features all sorts of good clean Nordic fun: pickled fish, strawberries and cream and nisu bread for starters. Folk dancers and singers will be on hand and a maypole will be set up for a little ceremonial welcome to summer. And if summer ever deserved a welcome, it is this year. Glad Midsomer! as they say.

Finally, the ROCKPORT FARMERS MARKET is back! This is all-caps, because I’m excited. Fresh food made, grown or produced by hard-working folks in cooperation with the earth. Rockport may not have a grocery store, but we have our sweet little Farmers Market, so that’s a good start. And since the market falls on a Saturday, it’s a great complement to the Thurday Cape Ann Farmers Market. Patrons can go to both each week and stuff themselves with good stuff. Fresh food all the time, that’s our motto on Cape Ann. Well, not really, but it’s not a bad idea. The Rockport Farmers Market vendors will offer fresh produce, small-batch salsa, hummus and guacamole, baked goods, coffee, maple syrup, eggs, and more and more.

See you in downtown Rockport on Saturday, June 21st for some good food, beautiful gardens and Scandinavian rituals!


Reminder ~ My Garden Tour and Film Screening at Willowdale Estate Tuesday Evening

Willowdale Estate Tulips ©Kim Smith 2012On Tuesday, May 13th, at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and serve a selection of Willowdale’s exquisite refreshments. I hope you can join us!

For ticket information and to RSVP click here.

BST Banner FINAL To learn more about Willowdale, visit their beautiful new website here.

Save the Date: Artist Spotlight Garden Tour and Film Screening at Willowdale Estate May 13th

Willowdale Estate Tulips ©Kim Smith 2012On Tuesday, May 13th,  at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and serve a selection of Willowdale’s exquisite refreshments. I hope you can join us! For ticket information and to RSVP click here.

To learn more about Willowdale, visit their beautiful new website here.


For the month of April I, along with  Noah Quist, Willowdale’s new Director of Businesss Development, are featured in the Willowdale newsletter’s Meet the Team. Sarah Boucher, Willowdale’s Senior Sales and Marketing Director asked several questions of me for the feature. The following answer is in response to a question about creating welcoming habitat gardens, “My passion for creating butterfly and habitat gardens developed initially because I think butterflies and songbirds are exquisitely beautiful creatures and I wanted to draw these wild things to the gardens that I was designing. Butterflies and songbirds bring a garden to life with their grace in movement and fascinating life stories. The more that I learn, the greater the need becomes apparent for sharing information about the connection between native wildflowers and the web of life that they support.”

Read more here: Meet the Team

Gloucester Garden Tour

generous gardners

Tour Name: Gloucester Garden Tour (www.GloucesterGardenTour.com)
Tour Address: 7 Crafts Road
Tour Begins: 7/13/2013       10:00
Tour Ends: 7/13/2013       4:00
Tour Organizer: GenerousGardeners.com and the Harvard Club of the North Shore
Contact: Susan@GenerousGardeners.com
Tour Description: Please join us in Gloucester, MA for a tour that includes the hidden gardens on Biskie Head Point as well as the garden of a professional landscape designer featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. All are lovely and will bring new ideas and beauty to your day and maybe your garden. End your tour with a special treat of free parking at Stage Fort Park ($15.00 value for garden tour ticket holders) with access to the Gloucester trolley for a ride downtown or the beach.

Enjoy a stroll along the new Gloucester HarborWalk while viewing the city’s most famous landmarks. Explore the many local shops, galleries and wonderful cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Hosted by http://www.GenerousGardeners.com and the Harvard Club of the North Shore, this garden tour will benefit the new HarborWalk in Gloucester and the Fisherman’s wives memorial and gardens.

Tour price is $20 in advance online at http://www.GloucesterGardenTour.com or $25 the day of the tour. Starting location will be in the Grand Banks Parking Lot, 7 Crafts Rd. (Exit 12 off Route 128 North) Gloucester, MA .

Please contact Susan Kelly Susan@generousgardeners.com 978-282-3306 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help.

Garden Tour Tonight at Willowdale Estate!

Please join me tonight for a tour of the butterfly gardens I designed for Willowdale Estate. Come experience a taste of Briar’s gracious hospitality and enjoy refreshments served in the conservatory. I stopped by the gardens yesterday and the spring blooms are at their peak and simply spectacular this year–not only the tulips but many natives as well, including Eastern Redbud, Cornus florida, and Carolina Silverbell. I will also be showing several of my short films. Please RSVP to Sarah at: Sarah@WillowdaleEstate.com ~ 978-887-8211.

I hope to see you there!


Things To Do- Cape Ann Garden Festival


An Evening in Sleeper’s Garden

Cape Ann Garden Festival

Gloucester, Mass. – June 12, 2009 –  Historic New England’s Beauport , Sleeper-McCann House, located on 75 Eastern Point Blvd , hosts an evening reception to kick off a weekend of garden celebrations in conjunction with the tenth annual Cape Ann Garden Festival hosted by the Sargent House Museum .

The event, An Evening in Sleeper’s Garden, takes place on Friday, June 19,         6 p.m.– 8 p.m. Historic New England’s Property Care Team Leader, Benjamin Haavik will discuss the ongoing landscape work at Beauport, highlighting the restoration of the original terrace staircase built by Beauport’s creator, interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper.  Abridged house tours and light refreshments are available.

Admission is $15 for Historic New England and Sargent House members and $20 for nonmembers.  To register, please call (978) 283 – 0800 or email pgarro@historicnewengland.org.  For more information about and tickets for the other Garden Festival events, please visit sargenthouse.org.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. If offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information visit


Hilarie Holdsworth Photo Garden Tour

Hilarie Holdsworth Photo Garden Tour

From Judith Nast-

Hi Joey,
Great to talk with you and thanks for your help about putting up the
Garden Festival info and how to do a slide show.

Many thanks….
Judy Nast

10th Annual Cape Ann Garden Festival
This year The Sargent House Museum has  teamed up with Beauport and
Cape Ann Museum to offer a weekend of activities.

Friday night, 6/19, is a reception at Beauport overlooking Gloucester
Harbor with a talk about the recently
discovered garden stair and garden renovation by a staff member of
Historic New England. Drinks, appetizer, talk and short house tours
6-8pm. $20

Saturday, 6/20, is the Garden Tour from 10-4.  A self guided tour of 10
fabulous flower and herb gardens that feature sculptures, private quarries and
the many ocean vistas of Cape Ann.  Several of the homes are open for
visitors’ viewing as well.    Restaurant discounts available for ticket
holders.  $35

Sunday’s events are:
10 am    Join Kim Smith, author of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities,
for a talk about designing a garden for people and pollinators.  Kim
is an accomplished designer, illustrator and author.  $15

11:30    Judy Hallberg will talk about Herb Gardens in 18th Century
New England and will included using herbs for lotions and salves.
She’s been involved in Ipswich’s restoration of 18th century herb
gardens and is an accomplished gardener and speaker.  It should be a
fascinating lecture with great ideas for using the herbs you grow (or
can grow!) for comfort and healing. $20

1:30    Docent-led tour of the exhibit at Cape Ann Museum of
Hutchinson’s paintings of local scenes….lots of floral motifs and
ocean views and exquisite work.  Free with a Garden Festival Ticket

3:00  Peggy J. Flanagan who teaches at a local college, will conduct a
workshop of the propagation and care of antique roses.  Bring a pair
of pruners and learn how to care for these lovely plants.  Everyone
gets a plant for your own garden.  $20

Join us for the whole shebang and just an event.  Tickets can be
purchased a la carte at sargenthouse.org

***Also, we have an online auction on Ebay running June 19-30.  Check
out the stuff!***