“From Bucks Beautiful”
20th Annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen & Garden Tour Introduces NEW Fall Tour
Welcome the changing season by touring seven of Doylestown’s most beautiful kitchens and gardens. Speak with Penn State Master Gardeners, and enter to win valuable raffle gifts. Tickets are available now.
Treat yourself, your family and friends to a garden of delights during the 20th Annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen and Garden Tour, which will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
This celebrated event, sponsored by Bucks Beautiful will showcase an exciting mix of seven homes and gardens in historic Doylestown Borough, and Doylestown and Buckingham Townships. These unique properties feature a variety of architectural and landscape styles, with the kitchens and gardens being the main focus of this self-guided tour. The Penn State Master Gardeners of Bucks County will be available to answer horticultural questions at each property and provide information on the inspiration behind the planning and style of the gardens.
“To celebrate our 20th Kitchen and Garden Tour, we wanted to go beyond the boundaries of historic Doylestown and raise the bar in a number of ways by branching out to Doylestown and Buckingham Townships with some wonderful houses. We are also creating a lovely setting for local artists to demonstrate their craft the day of the event,” says Carter van Dyke, Bucks Beautiful board member and chairperson for the Kitchen and Garden Tour Event. “There’s a lot going on to make the tour interesting, while helping Bucks Beautiful impact the community by targeting the proceeds for planting programs and beautifying areas throughout the county. This is what I am most excited about.”
Included in the tour will be a special opportunity to visit Carousel Farm Lavender (www.carouselfarmlavender.com) on Mechanicsville Road in Buckingham, to get a behind-the-scenes view of its quaint guesthouse and private gardens. A second standout property, owned by Charles Tweedy, MD and his wife, will be magically transformed into an artist’s studio, café and gift shop for this Bucks Beautiful event. Guests will be able to view the magnificent property, carriage house and working artist’s studio.
The Kitchen & Garden Tour gift shop will offer items for sale including colorful perennials, handmade pottery, hand-quilted tea cozies, handcrafted jewelry, Bucks Beautiful handmade mugs, custom-designed Bucks Beautiful Byers’ Choice Caroler Figurines, and a wide selection of garden and cookbooks.
Another highlight of the tour will be vintage collectible cars strategically parked at each location. Van Dyke explains, “This year we have expanded our antique car display to include exotic show cars, which we’ve never had before.”
By purchasing a Bucks Beautiful magnet for just $10 from www.bucksbeautiful.org, supporters will be entered in a raffle to win landscape accessories, a rare conifer tree, a garden gargoyle sculpture, a fork and spade by Spear & Jackson. Raffle tickets will also be available for sale at the Kitchen and Garden Tour at the Carousel Farm location on Sunday, September 28th. Winners will officially be announced Monday, September 29th. Winners do not have to be present to win.
Tickets for the 20th Annual Kitchen & Garden Tour, may be purchased in person at the Bucks Beautiful office, 85 E. State Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online at www.bucksbeautiful.org. Tickets may also be purchased at The Doylestown Bookstore, Bucks Country Gardens, Bountiful Acres, and the Bucks County Antique Center in Chalfont. tickets are $35.00.
Peter R. Fernandez, president of Bucks Beautiful explains, “The Kitchen and Garden Tour is an example of a program we offer as part of our mission to exemplify and promote the beauty of Bucks County. It’s an opportunity for the public to see Bucks County’s finest gardens behind the fence, upfront and personal.”