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Self-Guided Garden Tours Include Windsor County

Five gardens in Vermont’s Windham and Windsor counties will be open to the public for self-guided tours on Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tours, held rain or shine, include vegetable gardens, English-inspired garden rooms and an artist’s studio. Visitors may begin at any of the locations.

Cider Hill Gardens & Art Gallery, owned by Sarah and Gary Milek, contains rock, woodland, and shade gardens; “ecologically grown” herbs and perennials; and an art gallery featuring work by New England artists. The address is 1747 Hunt Road, Windsor.

Sylvia Davatz’s garden beds, totaling 6,100 square feet, are devoted primarily to growing vegetable seeds for Davatz’s company, Solstice Seeds, and food. The property at 106 Gilson Road in Hartland also includes the state’s largest known white oak and a passive-solar greenhouse, organizers said in a news release.

Woodland Farms, at 397 Boedtker Road in Springfield, features a dry stone-walled organic vegetable garden, grape and kiwi arbors, berry bushes, and a mixed-fruit orchard. It also includes stone-and-timber outbuildings, sculpture and uncommon trees.

The other gardens on the tour are High Meadow Farm at 84 Paradise Hill Road in Bellows Falls, and Gordon and Mary Hayward’s garden at 508 McKinnon Road in Westminster West.

The cost is $5 per garden, free for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Cold Spring, N.Y. Visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call 1-888-842-2442.

— Staff report