The Garden Club in Hermann Missouri is celebrating 20 years in 2014. There will be numerous events and activities to participate in throughout the town of Hermann as well as the surrounding countryside. Each activity caters to a wide range of tastes and is sure to delight the senses of all.
- The Town Tour, a walking tour of lovely small gardens hidden behind houses in the Historic District
- The Country Tour, a driving tour to magnificent country gardens in the hills around Hermann.
Tickets for the two tours will be sold separately; each tour is $10. However, a Town & Country Combo ticket will be offered for $15. Discounts will be available for groups of 10 or more. (More Group Tour info/contacts can be found on the Group Tours page on the website)
Garden Tour tickets and plants will continue to be sold at the German School Parking Lot at the corner of 4th and Schiller from 9 until 4 on Saturday and 9 until 2 on Sunday. Gardens open at 9 AM and close promptly at 5PM. The special pre-tour Luncheon and Auction on Friday is within easy driving distance; this event requires additional by-reservation-only tickets. This year as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Tour, there will be special “Herbal Treats” in many of the tour gardens. Visit www.hermanngardentours.com for up-to-date events, ticket prices, contact numbers and photographs of past tour gardens. All your questions are answered on the Events page and the new FAQs on the website.
Hermann Garden Town Tour and Country Tour
The gardens on the 2014 Tour will be exceptional and most will be new to the tour. Country Tour gardens tend to be larger than Town Tour gardens and have different elements and features. Town Tour gardens often are either lovely cottage gardens or river-view gardens. There also will be a series of “pocket” gardens on the Town Tour this year. The Country Tour will include both a landscape garden with river views as well as beautiful estate gardens down country roads.
Hermann Garden Flea Market
The very popular Garden-inspired Flea Market will continue as part of the Plant Sale in 2014. A featured item will be unique planters filled with flowers. And there will be many native Missouri wildflowers, herbs and perennial cultivars at the plant sale. The types of plants offered can be seen on the website at www.hermanngardentours.com.
The ever-popular Demonstration area will return in 2014 at the Deutschheim State Historic Site. There will be information about crop rotation, companion planting, and heirloom plants.
Many special activities related to the Tours will be posted on a new Hermann Garden Tours Facebook page “Hermann Garden Club Tours 2014”.
Silent Auction and Luncheon at the Cottage Restaurant
On the Friday afternoon before the tour (June 6th), The Cottage Restaurant will host a Silent Auction and Luncheon on site at noon. The Cottage is located at 1845 Highway H and is just on the edge of town. Reservations are required and can be made by calling The Cottage at (573) 486-4300. Visit the “Hermann Garden Club Tours 2014” Facebook page starting in early May to see items that will be included in the 2014 Auction; new items will be posted every week.
Hermann Garden and Landscape Photographs
Finally, on both tour days, there will be a special showing of photographs of Hermann gardens and landscapes taken by Jack Wendleton. The showing will be at Buy the Book just across the street from the German school. Many of the photographs of Hermann gardens shown at www.hermanngardentours.com were taken by Jack Wendleton. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy some of Jack’s photographs as well and copies of the children’s book The Magic of Many: A Springtime Faerie Tale by Garden Tour Chair Alice Calhoun; this book features her copper sculpture.
For more information, visit the Hermann Garden Tours website: www.hermanngardentours.com or contact the Garden Club at info@HermannGardenTours.com. Many of your questions are answered at FAQs on the Hermann Garden Tours website. The Hermann Garden Tours also have a new Facebook page, Hermann Garden Tours 2014, where you can get up to date information about special tour events and auction items. You may also request a lodging package during this week on our site.