Take a walk through some of Chester’s gardens

Chester Garden Club is hosting Garden Glimpses which opens five exquisite private gardens in Chester to the public. Ticket holders can walk through the gardens at their leisure from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 and see and experience different styles of gardens - a cottage garden, a full sun garden, a shade garden filled with many tall trees, a garden with a sloping lot, and a combination sun and shade garden. This is an excellent opportunity to get ideas for your own yard and to ask questions and see what plants, shrubs and trees seem to flourish in the Chester area.

All of the gardens on the walk are located minutes from the center of Chester making it easy to go from one garden to the next. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you will also have the opportunity to stop for a rest at St. John’s Episcopal Church and enjoy tasty refreshments prepared by garden club members. While there, you will want to take a moment to see horticulture specimens from our gardens, as well as floral arrangements created by members.

Tickets for this special event are $10 and may be purchased ahead by calling 778-4647 or on the day of the garden walk at the parish hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 12201 Richmond St. in Chester beginning at 1 p.m.. The five gardens on the walk are: the Griffin Garden, the Henry Garden, the White Garden, the Krafft Garden, and the Fox Garden.

Chester Garden Club has been in the Chester community since 1931 and has been involved in projects benefitting the community since its beginning. Members meet monthly from September to May to share in their love of plants and gardening and their interest in floral design and to increase their knowledge and skill in these areas. Members work together on community projects which include planting and caring for the landscaping around the Welcome to Chester sign on the west side of town and the landscaping and maintenance of the pocket park on the corner of Harrowgate Road and Route 10, which won an Orchid Award for the garden club from the Chester Community Association. This past year the club also made 40 bud vase arrangements to go on Meals on Wheels trays the week of Valentine’s Day, looked after a Blue Star Memorial marker, made the Christmas window and door decorations for Magnolia Grange, helped with the flowers for Thomas Dale’s baccalaureate, and sponsored the Woodsy Owl Contest at Marguerite Christian Elementary School.

Call 778-4647 for tickets and plan on enjoying a wonderful spring afternoon on Sunday, May 5 seeing the beauty and richness of five distinctive gardens, visiting with garden club members, having refreshments with us and getting to see flower arrangements, as well as a variety of flowers and other plants from our gardens.

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