2019 Westminster Garden Tour successful despite the heat

  • A couple walk through gardens at the Westminster Garden Tour. Lori Larue—Submitted photo

Published: 8/2/2019 9:34:26 PM
Modified: 8/2/2019 9:34:12 PM

WESTMINSTER — Westminster Cares held their 18th Annual Westminster Garden Tour on July 20 and 21. Despite extreme heat and humidity, many attendees came out to enjoy the gardens – especially the shady spots – and the event was deemed a success. 

An estimated 250-300 people attended the tour. Many were from Westminster and surrounding towns who support the event each year; others were visitors and garden club members from New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. Participants brought water bottles and umbrellas for shade and enjoyed strolling through the gardens; having lunch at the garden café and attending the talks and tours offered.

Westminster Cares board members and president Lori Larue thanks everyone who attended the event. “We spend much of the year planning this fundraising event, but we could not pull it off without the help of those who support us; our garden hosts, sponsors, donors, volunteers, board members, committee members, and our director, Donna Dawson. This small community has a big heart that abounds. Our mission is to create opportunities for seniors and adults with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in the community. We are truly grateful to everyone who made this event successful and we thank you for supporting our mission.”

Gordon and Mary Hayward were recognized for all their years of support. Every year several additional hosts open their private gardens to the public. In addition to the Haywards, this year’s hosts were Cyndy Fine of Genius Loci and Alice and Josh Laughlin. Five sculptures created by artist Miles Chapin were installed throughout the Hayward gardens. Chapin also gave a talk and walking tour of his sculptures. 

Caitlin Adair of the Living Earth Action Group gave walking talks in her gardens titled, “How to be Kind to the Earth in Your Backyard,” and the Haywards led a private tour of their gardens. 

Larue said, “This event would not be possible without their design talents, expertise and generosity to Westminster Cares.”

Raffle prize donations and winners: Ann Ashcroft for creating and donating the flowers and bees quilt-won by Cindy Moses; Gardener’s Supply mobile tool caddy donated anonymously-won by Wilma Skovinski; Locally crafted wooden garden bench by Hollis Ryea-won by Kath Martin; Garden consultation donated by Cyndy Fine of Genius Loci-won by Sally Marken; Gift certificate for an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Grafton Inn-won by Phyllis Daley; Gift certificate to Harlow’s Farmstand-won by Wendy Harty; Maple Leaf Designs necklace and earrings-won by Tonia White; Morning Star Perennial gift certificate-won by Jerry Cosgrove; Perfect Creations ‘his and her” haircuts donated by Tammy Kissell-won by Bruce DeMay; two key lime pies donated by Michael Lenox of Café Loco-won by Carol Jameson; ultralight 25-foot coil hose-won by Cindy Moses; Halladay’s Harvest Barn gift box assortment-won by Jen Anderson; Popolo’s restaurant gift certificate-won by Valerie Kosednar; ceramic hanging planter donated by Virgina Wyoming-won by Robin Turnbaugh; antique fabric and bead necklace by ‘found object’ artist Janette Schuster-won by Phyllis Anderson; silver hoop earrings donated by Jeannie Bennett-won by Beth Shrader; village square booksellers gift certificate won by Susan Harlow; garden-themed table runner with matching napkin set made by Raine Kane-won by Karl Honsaker; Gardener’s Supply rainwater urn donated anonymously-won by Amanda Cordano.

Music was provided by Amy Cann, violinist.

Proceeds from the tour support the services and programs of Westminster Cares, a volunteer organization whose purpose is to create opportunities for seniors and adults with disabilities to live with independence and dignity in the community.

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