2010 Garden Tour

Wickford in Bloom Presented by Historic Wickford

On Saturday, July 17, 2010Historic Wickford presentedWickford in Bloom, a waterfront garden tour of fourteen private and public gardens, eight of them on tour for the first time this year, in Wickford.  This was a self-guided walking tour through the village that allowed everyone to explore a unique collection of gardens.  Designs of the gardens vared—from cottage-inspired gardens, to small hidden gardens, to richly landscaped gardens.  This year Wickford in Bloom featured artists on location painting in each garden, and for the first time, workshops for gardeners.

The 2010 garden tour featured gardens on the properties of eighteenth and nineteenth century homes and buildings—some on the picturesque harbor and others on the tree-lined village streets. In each garden, a prominent award-winning local artist was featured painting on location.  Some are members of the prestigious Art League of Rhode  Island, including Al Albrektson, Marjorie Ball, Lorraine Bromley, Joan Boghossian, and Frances Topping. Other distinguished artists participating included Susi Franco, Gerri Feldman, Karen Dodez, Tom McAleer, and Carol Shelton.  Each artist has a unique style, mixed media, oil or watercolor.  Many of these artists have open studios by appointment, and their works have been featured throughout Rhode Island, the United States, and internationally.                

For the first time Wickford in Bloom featured workshops for gardeners throughout the day.  Presented by local experts in garden design, workshops included:  Designing Your Garden: Where Do You Begin?,  by Linda Hughes, garden designer and master gardener; Designing and Planting Container Gardens, by Jane Case, owner, Blue Moon Farm; and, Creating Floral Arrangements with Plants in Your Garden, by Sue Shriner and Priscilla Green, floral designers.   All workshops were held in the Gardens at The Wickford Collection, located at30 West Main Street in Wickford.

Also adding another dimension of creativity to the tour this year was renowned local craft person, Christine Pratt, an accomplished weaver and miniaturist, who displayed four miniature box rooms in the front windows of her historic Main   Street home.  Each room had a garden theme and featured her unique whimsical touch in a delightful interpretation of Peter Rabbit’s Garden, Grandma’s Garden, Retirement Garden, and Southwest Garden.

In addition, during Wickford in Bloom, raffle tickets were be sold for a hand-made quilt depicting historic Wickford scenes.Proceeds from the raffle were donated to the North Kingstown Food Pantry

For more details, view the brochure: 2010 Wickford In Bloom Program


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