The 19th Annual Saratoga Secret Gardens Tour: Sunday, July 7th

sg4The 19th annual Saratoga Secret Gardens Tour is set for Sunday, July 7th – but don’t wait till the last minute to buy tickets! The self-guided tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and includes 11 gardens in and around Saratoga Springs. The garden owners are busy getting everything picture-perfect for you to enjoy on this special day. Among this year’s special features are the Saratoga Springs’ mayor’s home, a backyard stone labyrinth created in memory of the owner’s son, terraced gardens with cascading water and lots of goldfish (bring a plastic bag, you may bring some home), a 100-year-old grape arbor, and a poolside topiary shaped like a horse (perfect for the Saratoga 150 celebration).

Private gardens include clever city spaces and suburban gardens in both sun and shade. In addition, the designer of the stunning entrance to the Saratoga Spa State Park will be on hand to explain his planning and plantings. And, as always, docents will be ready to guide you at the Yaddo rose gardens. It’s a self-guided tour, so you can see as many of the 11 gardens as you like in any order, though you get a map with a suggested route and driving directions.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the tour, if available. The event has sold out in the past so make sure you get your spot today! Tickets can be purchased (and pre-ordered tickets picked up) this and next Saturday (June 29th and July 6th) from 10am to 2pm at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center – or on the day of the tour at the visitor center beginning at 10am, while available.

You can also order without getting up from your seat, at www.soroptimistsaratoga.org.

There are some gorgeous raffle items, too, including gift baskets and a week’s vacation this summer at the Wyndham resort in Jiminy Peak.

The event is a major fundraiser presented by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County to benefit local organizations and programs, particularly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as 'the best for women.' The first Soroptimist club was chartered in California in 1921 and today, there are over 3,000 clubs flourishing throughout the world.

Soroptimist is an international women's organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

Founded in 1979, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA). Each year, SISC awards more than $20,000 in awards and grants to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally.

Tickets to Sunday’s Tour can be purchased at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, while they last. Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up during those times as well. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on Sunday.

Questions? Call 581-1201, ext. 4184 or email secretgardensinfo@gmail.com.

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