‘Books & Blooms’ Garden Tour Crosses The Cornwalls
By Lisa Green
We know, from posting countless listings over the years, that books and gardens loom large in the lives of Rural Intelligence readers. And when those two subjects are combined in one event, as they are in The Cornwall (Conn.) Library’s annual summer benefit and garden tour, we know there will be interest.
Books & Blooms begins on Friday, June 17 with a talk by Mark Prezorski, landscape curator of The Olana Partnership. He will give a presentation on Frederic Edwin Church’s Olana estate and its 250-acre landscape in Hudson, followed by a cocktail reception and sale of garden books.
Tours of five Cornwall-area gardens begin on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. and encourage an exploration of the five villages (Cornwall Village, Cornwall Bridge, Cornwall Hollow, West Cornwall and East Cornwall, for those who wondered about all those Cornwalls). Five diverse gardens will be open, including Michael Trapp’s garden in West Cornwall. The antiques dealer and designer’s garden has been included on other garden days, including a Trade Secrets tour.
“He changes his garden all the time, but this year you’ll think you’re in Tuscany,” says Sandy Fiebelkorn, who’s volunteering with the event. “The garden in Cornwall Village that was on the tour last year was not entirely complete, but now it is and it’s on the tour again. It’s blooming with peonies and roses and surrounded by a hillside with ancient trees and old stone walls.”
And, by the way, the tour goes on rain or shine. “Last year it was really raining,” Feibelkorn says,“but it still happened.” And it’s good for the gardens, right?
Books & Blooms
Presentation and Reception: Friday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.; $30 (reservations recommended)
The Cornwall Library, 30 Pine Street, Cornwall Village, CT
Garden Tour: Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reception and garden tour, $50
Maps and tickets for the garden tour will be available at the library on the day of the event.