The New Philadelphia Friends of the Library are hosting their first ever Garden Tour fundraiser on Saturday, July 13th from 9am – 4pm. Tickets are now on sale for the self-guided tour that will include eight gardens in and around Tuscarawas County.

“The Friends are pleased to host this fundraiser,” said Friends President Candy Beaber. “Planning has been underway since last fall with garden and library enthusiasts from the community. It is going to be an enjoyable day for a great cause.”

Beaber said the proceeds from the Garden Tour will provide “seed” money for the Tuscarawas County Public Library System to start a 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 and around Tuscarawas County including a variety of garden types and plants, from eclectic to formal, and beyond. Gardens on the tour are:

1. Isabelle House — Enter this private drive in northwest Dover to view the exquisite Isabelle House. On your tour, you will view over 130 daylilies, a wide variety of unique shrubs, and trees including: yellow twig dogwoods, golden rush dawn redwoods, sweetbay magnolias, katsura trees, ninebark shrubs, and seven son trees.

2. Family Heritage Garden — Explore the gardens of an original Reeve’s home with some plants dating back to its original owners. Other features include a unique brick walkway, sitting area, and numerous roses, lilacs, and shade plants.

3. Dr. C’s Garden — Enjoy an array of annuals and vegetable plants at this small garden oasis in New Philadelphia. As you walk around the property soak in the bold foliage of the multiple canna varieties, flowering cacti, roses, daylilies, and daises.

4. Yellow Arbor Vintage Garden — Smell the fragrant flowers of this non-traditional, vintage garden space. An extension of its vintage home in New Philadelphia, this garden has a summer room filled with flea market finds and an array of colorful plants which are constantly evolving.

5. My Fair Lady House — This colorful garden in central New Philadelphia is full of perennials, ornamental shrubs, and grasses. Tucked around the garden statues and archways are roses, irises, lilies, and a rose of sharon tree. Guests can enjoy the tranquil sound of water falling into the koi pond from its ornate water feature.

6. Be Still Garden — View this hillside garden in Strasburg featuring perennials, native wildflowers, and a metal archway with decorative gourds. Around the home, visitors can see several fairy gardens, a rock water feature, as well as a shade garden with hostas.

7. Hosta House — Located in Beach City, you will find numerous perennials including hydrangea, astilbe, ferns, epimedium, grasses, 400 different varieties of daylilies, over 400 different varieties of hosta, and many annuals that provide continual color all summer long. As you walk through the gardens, you will enjoy the relaxing sound of water from the koi pond and various fountains that are displayed throughout.

8. Evergreen Garden — Take a stroll along the pond of this Zoar garden to view water lilies and other beautiful aquatic flowers. Relax in the gazebo to gaze at an abundance of evergreen trees and perennials throughout the garden.

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.

Tickets are available to purchase and pickup during normal business hours at Charmed: Gifts with Meaning, Daily Grind Café, and the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau 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 14th from 9am – 4pm. For more information on the tour call 330-364-4474 ext. 221.