The New Philadelphia Friends of the Library are hosting their annual Garden Tour fundraiser on Saturday, July 10th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale for the self-guided tour that will include eight gardens in Tuscarawas County.
“We had to cancel last year’s tour due to the pandemic,” said Friends President Candy Beaber. “This year we have been working closely with garden and library enthusiasts in the community to provide another enjoyable day for a great cause.”
Beaber said the proceeds from the Garden Tour will benefit the Tuscarawas County Library Foundation.
“It is so appropriate that this fundraiser is centered on gardening,” said Library Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “Gardening involves planting things to harvest in the future, and that, in essence, is the very purpose of a foundation.”
Ramsell said the Library Foundation will provide a vessel for the library to receive gifts and, with investment and growth, it will benefit the Tuscarawas County Public Library System and its customers for years to come.
The self-guided tour will showcase gardens in Tuscarawas County including a variety of garden types and plants, from edible to ornamental, and beyond. Gardens on the tour are:
- Ernest Warther’s Museum and Gardens — Follow the paths and walk the steps past the stone wall to view a Swiss-style garden created by Frieda Warther dating back to the early 1900s. This garden contains a 100+-year-old grape arbor, flint rocks, and arboretum designed by Frieda who started the Dover Garden Club.
- Harvest Garden — Wander around this large vegetable patch on a quaint city lot in New Philadelphia. View the many veggies, herbs, flowers, and their outdoor wood-fired oven.
- Olde Tyme Farms — This gardening duo has turned their passion into a homestead farm in Stone Creek. Their organic garden includes fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, and microgreens in a 100’ high tunnel. The adjacent field includes sweet corn, pumpkins, and a pollinator plot to provide a food supply for their beehives.
- Pollinator Haven — Explore this garden designed to support a biodiverse ecosystem in Dover with its native plants, seed library, and edible landscape. Other features include a bio-retention planter, rain garden, low-grow lawn alternatives, and butterfly host plants.
- Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum — A historic Victorian home in Dover uses the elements of garden design typical to the Victorian Era to make its gardens unique and unforgettable. Some features awaiting visitors include a separate formal rose garden, a Victorian carpet bed, a butterfly habitat, and a large perennial border.
- Six Bucket Farms — Enjoy this cut flower farm located on a 90-acre pig farm along State Route 416. This one-acre flower garden consists of raised garden beds containing annuals and perennials to offer fresh-cut bouquets throughout the growing season.
- Stull’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden — This park-like urban oasis in Dover is maintained by award-winning floral designers. It is a certified wildlife habitat featuring a critter feeding station amongst conifers, perennials, and life-size sculptures.
- Woodland Retreat — Enter this private driveway off 7 Mile Drive to view this wooded hilltop home with its shade gardens. Other features include raised garden beds, year-round herbs, berry bushes, and fruit trees.
The money raised with this Garden Tour will include ticket sales, as well as donated raffle and tag items related to gardening. At each garden, there will be tag items for purchase and items available for raffle by cash or check only.
Tickets are available to purchase and pickup during normal business hours at the Main Library in New Philadelphia as well as the Library’s four branches in Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas. Tickets cost $15 and may be purchased by cash or check made out to the Friends of the Library – NP.
In the event of rain, the tour will be held on Sunday, July 11th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Masks and social distancing required. (Subject to change due to local and state COVID-19 guidelines.) For more information on the tour call 330-364-4474 ext. 221.