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Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale This Weekend
Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale This Weekend

Jamestown, NY – Tickets go on sale this weekend (May 25) for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Secret Gardens Tour on Saturday, June 30.

In describing what visitors can expect from this ninth annual event, tour organizer Merle Szydlo noted that each garden is distinct. “We have a gardener who replaced her front lawn with perennials. Undaunted by lack of space, another has taken container gardening to new heights.” Szydlo continued, “One of our gardeners has artfully landscaped around a pool and hot tub. Still another has acquired an adjacent lot in which to expand his already sumptuous garden. And one of our gardens is, well, downright huge!”  

Santo Armeli, Ruth Baker, Marijka Lampard, and David Metzler tend the four gardens in Jamestown. The garden in nearby Falconer belongs to Susan Dickerson. They are handicapped accessible.

Rain or shine, tour hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A new feature this year will be The Garden Walk, a bonus self-guided walking tour of gardens visible from the street on the north side of Jamestown. A brochure with the walking tour route will be available at each of the Secret Gardens.

The tour ticket includes a brief description of each garden, directions, parking recommendations, and an excellent map. Even visitors unfamiliar with the area will have no trouble locating all the gardens.

Presale tickets are still only $10.

Ticket outlets are the Audubon Center and Sanctuary; Four Seasons Nursery, Lakeview Gardens, Peterson Farm, Secret Gardens Flower Shop, and Stillwater Garden Market in Jamestown; Lakeside Cottage Shoppe in Bemus Point; Mike’s Nursery in Lakewood; and  Robert’s Nursery in Falconer.

Tickets are $12 the day of the tour and are available at each of the gardens as well as the ticket outlets.

The Secret Gardens Tour supports the nature education programs of the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. At 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Center’s building, with a nature store and exhibits of live fish, reptiles, amphibians and more, is open Monday-Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm, Sundays 1-4:30 pm. Its five and a half miles of trails, Bald Eagle viewing, arboretum, and three distinct gardens are open dawn to dusk every day. 

For more information on Audubon and the Secret Gardens Tour, call (716) 569-2345 or visit  www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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