Local gardening enthusiasts lamenting the lack of a Twin Cities garden tour this year may be interested to know
that Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. (SPI) will present its 11th annual Bath House & Garden Tour on Saturday, June
15, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will feature 12 historic properties, including several prominent gardens.
Bath’s annual tour is widely regarded as outstanding, reflected in the large attendance the tour garners each year
from Bath and the surrounding area.
This year’s tour will begin at Hyde School (616 High Street on Route 209), headquartered in a Colonial Revival
mansion on 160 acres of land originally landscaped by Carl Rust Parker, an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted,
the creator of Central Park in New York City. Tour participants will have access to the entire mansion, as well as a
brand-new dormitory and the recently restored formal gardens.
Beautiful flower arrangements created by the award-winning Bath Garden Club will be at each indoor site.
Candelia, a quartet of flautists, will play selected works at 11 a.m. at the Captain Merritt House and a quilt raffle
sponsored by the Georgetown Working League will take place at the Plant residence.
Advance-sale tickets are $25 dollars. For more information about some of the historic and spectacular homes and
gardens featured on this year’s tour, or to purchase tickets online, see www.sagadahocpreservation.org. Advance
tickets may also be purchased by calling (207) 443-2174. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at
Hyde School for $30.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit the restoration and maintenance of SPI’s flagship Winter Street Center, located
at 880 Washington Street in Bath.