Tour combines views of gardens, mountains
OTISFIELD — Gardens with a View, a tour of five private gardens featuring a variety of sweet smelling spring flowers in a rural setting, with a view of Mount Washington, will be offered Saturday, June 20, courtesy of McLaughlin Garden.
The private gardens are large and small, in both sun and shade, and include ornamentals as well as edibles. The June date ensures plenty of blooms from peonies, dianthus and iris, as well as fresh hosta foliage. While each garden has perennials in common, following a pass along tradition among the neighbors, each also has its own unique plants and is landscaped in an independent style chosen by its owner.
The self-guided tour will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. All the gardens are located on less than a mile of Bow Street. Participants are invited to walk the mostly wooded road between the homes (about a 15-minute walk from the ticket-selling home to the furthest garden) or drive to each property, parking along the roadside.
Advance tickets may be reserved at McLaughlin Garden: 743-8820 or; $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Tickets, $15, will be available the day of the tour at the corner of Bow Street and the Gore Road, a connector between Routes 117 and 121. Lunch, catered by The Gardeners Table with former Portland restaurateur Natasha Durham as chef, will be available at one home along the route for an additional charge.

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