Mahoosuc Trust garden tour nears

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BETHEL – Creating gardens in varied terrain and resolving other design and gardening problems are topics of this month’s Mahoosuc Land Trust Annual Garden Tour.

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, people may tour five Bethel-area gardens to learn from experts how and why the gardens were designed, created and planted, trust spokeswoman Ginger Kelly said in a report on Friday afternoon. There is a requested donation of $15. For more information or tickets, phone Kelly at 824-3806 or e-mail her at gk@mahoosuc.org.

Two of the gardens are in Bethel village and Bethel’s Irish neighborhood, two are in Albany Township and the fifth is in West Bethel.

Kelly said participants will learn how gardens may be fitted to terrain and the lifestyle of homeowners, and how the gardens were developed.

During the tour, the Victoria Inn on Main Street in Bethel will offer complementary tea and scones to all garden tour guests.

The tour starts from the trust office, which is behind the White Mountain National Forest Visitors Center at 18 Mayville Road (routes 2 and 26) near Rite-Aid in Bethel.

Additionally, Mount Mann Jewelers on Main Street in Bethel will conduct a jewelry, gem and mineral auction. Kelly said store owner Jim Mann will donate 10 lots in the auction to local nonprofits, one of which is the trust, which conserves special places for public use.

“We appreciate the support of the homeowners who are sharing their gardens, the experts donating their time and expertise, and the guests who take part in our tour,” Kelly said.

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