How do their gardens grow?

June 11, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

It's June, the time for gardens to bloom.

So the timing for the Women's Club's House & Garden Tour should be perfect, if Mother Nature cooperates.

The tour of eight Washington County properties on Saturday includes the home and garden of a florist and at least three properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

The rain will make things green and lush, said Tim Valerio, florist at The Village Florist north of Hagerstown. His home, Seven Columns, is on the tour.

June is usually the peak time for roses to bloom, Valerio said, but roses don't like a lot of rain.

Valerio's Chewsville home features a garden divided into sections, or "garden rooms."

There are border plantings indicative of a cottage garden and a more formal area with a canopy bed and boxwoods, he said. Beyond the gazebo is a woodland garden with trees and wildflowers, hostas, jack-in-the-pulpits, bleeding hearts, and forget-me-nots.


The Women's Club has the tour every two or three years, said Marilyn Shearer, tour co-chairwoman. The event's proceeds will help the club maintain the historic house on South Prospect Street that is home for the club. The fellowship club helps local single women in need of a place to stay with rooms available for rent at rates that are typically more affordable than average rents.

The properties on tour this year are:

o Brightwood, 19826 Blue Heron Lane, Long Meadow

o Lehman Mill House, first floor, 19933 Lehman's Mill Road

o Lehman's Mill Farm, Sprigg's Paradise, 19942 Lehman's Mill Road

o Seven Columns, first floor and garden rooms, 21207 Twin Springs Drive, Chewsville

o Women's Club, first floor, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown

o The House at Cherry Lane and formal gardens, 9008 Cynthia Court, Meadows Green, off Mapleville Road, 1/2 mile from U.S. 40.

o Plumb Grove Mansion, owned by the Clear Spring District Historical Association, 12654 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring

o Homewood Cottage C91, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport

If you go ...

WHAT: House & Garden Tour sponsored by the Women's Club of Hagerstown

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13

WHERE: Various homes in Washington County. Tour headquarters is the Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown

COST: $20 for the entire tour or $5 per house. Tickets are available at tour headquarters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays or during the tour, or at any of the homes on tour. Several local businesses also have tickets for sale.

CONTACT: For more information, call 301-739-0870.

MORE: No photography within the homes. Also. a $7 luncheon will be available at the Women's Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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