After a long winter, the sight of a beautiful garden is sure to soothe the soul.
Dozens of private ones will soon be on display for the public to enjoy, during local garden tours.
Here are three not to miss:
Soroptimist International of Schenectady will hold its 12th Annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, rain or shine.
Eleven private gardens in Schenectady County will be featured.
“We have some lovely gardens,” said event chair Gillian Woodcock. “One in my mind which is outstanding is on Rector Road in Glenville. It’s a big property with two enormous ponds.”
Pre-sale tickets are $15.00. Patrons who purchase five tickets will get one free.
Tickets are available from the following merchants: Experience and Creative Design in Schenectady, Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, Felthousen’s Florist in Niskayuna, Kulak’s Nursery and Landscaping in Rexford, Scott’s Hallmark in Glenville, The Open Door in Schenectady, The Petal Pusher in Burnt Hills and Oliver’s Cafe in Glenville.
Order forms can also be downloaded from the Soroptimist website, www.soroptimistofschenectady.org and mailed, with a check made out to SI of Sch’dy, to: Gillian Woodcock, 1061 Mohawk Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309.
Tickets will be available at each garden on the day of the tour for $20.
The Center Square Association in Albany is pairing with the Historic Albany Foundation to present a Hidden House and Garden Tour in Albany’s historic Center Square Neighborhood from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25.
About a dozen homes and gardens will be featured.
Nonprofit organization Capital Roots will have a table set up in Hudson-Jay Park, where staff will provide information about community gardens. There will also be vegetable and flower seed packet giveaways.
The cost for show tickets is $15 before June 19. From June 20 until the day of the show, the price is $20.
Tickets for the tour are available online at www.centersquarealbany.com or www.historic-albany.org, and at the following locations: Capital Wine and Spirits on Lark Street in Albany and the Historic Albany Foundation on Lexington Avenue in Albany.
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County will present its 21st annual Secret Gardens Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 12.
Featured will be a dozen gardens, including creative downtown plots and sprawling suburban plantings. All are in or around Saratoga Springs.
Both sun and shade gardens will be represented, some with interesting water features.
This year’s event will also include tours at special public sites — like Congress Park — to celebrate the city’s 100th birthday.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the tour day. They can be reserved online or by mailing in a downloadable order form found at soroptimistsaratoga.org.
Tickets will also be on sale at all Cudney’s Cleaners locations beginning in June and at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center in July. All pre-ordered tickets can be picked up on the day of the tour at the Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, where day-of tickets can also be purchased, if still available.
For more information call 581-1201 ext. 4184, email se[email protected] or visit www.soroptimistsaratoga.org.
The event is a major fund-raiser for the Soroptimist group, which works to improve the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world.