Guest Column

May 19, 2013

Garden tours offered

Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners would like to invite you to join them on three separate occasions during the 2013 gardening season.

Entayant Gardens is a privately owned assemblage of informal woodland and cottage gardens hidden within the Adirondack forest along the lakeshore of a picturesque Adirondack lake. Just being invited is an opportunity, especially when you consider the time and hard work that has gone into designing, preparing and maintaining them.

Being invited on three separate occasions, which allows you to experience the changes that occur over the season, is nothing less than a privilege. And if one of those invitations includes a Victorian style garden party with music, a meal and more, well, that sure sounds like fun.

Dates are Sunday, June 23, for Peony Envy; Sunday, Aug. 18, for Garden Party; and Sunday, Sept. 8, for Grasses Bloom and Butterflies Zoom, at times to be announced.

Registration is limited and can be made by calling 483-7403 or by email at The cost for attending all three events, including the garden party with performing artists and a catered buffet meal, is $37 if you register by June 21 or $42 after the Peony Envy event. Tickets, directions and additional information will be provided with payment.

In my lifetime, especially during my years at Extension, I have met and worked with many devoted gardeners who, limited only by their imagination, have crafted some remarkable gardens. For many of them, nothing is more enjoyable than tending their gardens, except maybe talking about plants and gardening with fellow enthusiasts or helping novice gardeners succeed. 

Like many of them, my knowledge of gardening comes from both books and experience. Also, like many of them, I’ve had numerous opportunities to assist friends and Extension clients, helping to make them aware of the commitments and challenges (hard work, patience, critters, disease) as well as the satisfaction and serenity (fresh vegetables, cut flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies) associated with gardening.

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