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Garden Tour: Bee Happy

by Ann Self

The Joy Garden Tour is a splendid opportunity to visit some of the Plateau’s most exclusive cultivated spaces, enjoy music and carefully crafted meals, browse the creations of local artisans and crafters, and indulge in a lovely summer garden party.

One of the highlights of this summer is the always popular Joy Garden Tour to benefit The Village Green in Cashiers in July. Joy Garden Tour is a biennial fundraising for The Village Green with proceeds providing the funds needed to operate, maintain and improve the 13.2-acre park in the heart of Cashiers.

The Joy Garden Tour Chair Bev Seinsheimer has selected the theme, “Garden and ‘Bee’ Happy.”

The tour on Friday, July 19 will feature four private gardens and a boxed lunch at The Village Green. All of these private gardens are stunning and offer beautiful examples of mountain gardening and landscapes.

Many exciting events will happen July 17-21. In addition to the tour on Friday, the ticketed festivities include a garden talk and luncheon featuring the Grumpy Gardener from Southern Living magazine; a fabulous summer garden party with the jazz-swing music of Queen Bee and the Honey Lovers; and a Jazz Brunch showcasing the original artwork created in the gardens during the tour.

More than 35 unique vendors transform The Village Green Commons into a two-day exclusive pop-up boutique shopping experience open to the public Friday and Saturday, July 20.

Everyone who attends the free Saturday symposiums will discover an interesting array of programs like hands-on flower arranging and a honey tasting.

Joy Garden Tour is named in memory of Carolyn Joy Dean who gave generously to help initiate The Village Green. Tickets are limited and must be purchased through a mail order form. To receive this information and learn more about the events, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com and click on Joy Garden Tour under the Events tab or call (828) 743-3434.

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