The Ewing Green Team, the West Trenton Garden Club and local Girl Scout Troop #70138 are excited to invite you to our 2019 Through the Garden Gate Tour of Ewing and its environs! This year we will showcase a number of new gardens and highlight improvements to some of the gardens from prior years. Most of our gardens follow sustainable landscaping practices, and a few are even National Wildlife Federation or North American Butterfly Association certified, others are “working” butterfly gardens and we are showcasing a gorgeous stone garden on the canal on Saturday. We think that there is something for everyone to enjoy at the height of the gardening season!
Our tour is being held to promote civic pride, beautification, sustainability, and youth development. It is our belief that showcasing some of Ewing’s noteworthy gardens is a great way to help us engage more people in beautifying our town. A beautiful town elicits pride among its residents and helps to build community. It all begins with one garden at a time.
The 2019 Through the Garden Gate Tour will be a self-guided ticketed event, featuring gardens throughout Ewing, with a couple of stand-out gardens from neighboring towns. The tour date is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd. Gardens will be open from 10 am – 5 pm (Saturday) and noon – 4pm (Sunday).
Start out at the Ewing Senior and Community Center. Be sure to check out the Green Team and Environmental Commission’s new pollinator garden in the building’s central courtyard. This is the garden’s second season and it features some of the requirements necessary to support wildlife in the garden; pollinator friendly native plants, a water source; cover and food.
Purchase your ticket and receive a pamphlet containing the name of each garden, its location, as well as a brief description, and a map. There are 17 gardens to tour this year. From the public gardens such as the Kitchen Garden at the Benjamin Temple House, to first offerings of a couple of newer gardens, to the long established gardens that are ever still constantly changing, we think that we have a lot to offer. We hope that you will ask lots of questions while you tour as many as you can.
Be sure to check out the back of our Tour booklet. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA is generously offering a certificate for (1) one free native plant for each coupon returned to the Preserve by October 31, 2019. Their certificate value is up to $7. If you haven’t yet discovered the advantages of native plants, we encourage all tour participants to take advantage of this offer and learn how they can not only beautify your gardens, but add wildlife value!
New this year will be a tie in with Ewing’s Arts Community as local artists will be on site at selected gardens where, inspired by the splendor of the season, they will set up their easels and paint “en plein air.”
Look for additional information on this page as we firm up participants and details of the day. We hope to see you at the gardens!
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday) and noon – 4 pm (Sunday)
Locations: Noteworthy gardens in Ewing and its environs
Startup: Out front of the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing (rain location – front lobby)
The map of the gardens on this year’s tour will be published shortly. We think that you’ll be excited to see some of the great gardens in town. We hope to see you there!