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“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” - Psalm 119:103
Since they were gifted to the Edmundites in 1954, the gardens of Alys Enders have been preserved and cultivated for the enjoyment of generations both near and far. This natural beauty, surrounded by the grandeur of the Atlantic Ocean, has helped countless men and women have an encounter with God, that divine artist whose creativity and generosity gave us the beauty of every flower.
This year, we invite you on a tour of three local gardens where we will have the chance to experience the variety and splendor of our Creator. The afternoon begins at Stone Acres Farm where we will tour the grounds of the historic farm. From there, we will visit the home garden of Master Gardener Noreen Kepple. The afternoon will conclude in the gardens of Enders Island with a farm to table dinner—featuring items grown right here on Enders Island. Noreen Kepple will give a presentation on the importance of the pollinators who work round the clock to keep the gardens in bloom.
About 224 North Main Street
Come visit a quiet oasis and observe what a small garden can demonstrate. The gardens at 224 North Main Street exhibit raised vegetable beds, perennials, natives and herbs. The gardens provide a home for birds, beneficial insects and pollinators. There are touches of whimsy throughout with many container gardens as well. Peaceful and pesticide free manifesting best practices in gardening. You may even see “Manny” the resident chipmunk making his rounds!
Dating back to 1765, Stone Acres Farm is an iconic property and former dairy farm located in coastal Stonington, Connecticut. The farm originally consisted of approximately 225 acres and has been in continual operation since before the Revolutionary War. During most of the 19th century, Stone Acres Farm provided produce to the landowners and the community during the thriving steamship and railroad trade in Stonington.
Over the many years Stone Acres has served as refuge for the residents of Stonington. During the Battle of Stonington in 1814 the house was converted to a makeshift hospital and used to house villagers from the British attack in Stonington harbor. And during the Hurricane of 1938 many stranded train passengers and members of the community relocated to the main house as shelter from the storm.
In addition to its orchards, vegetable gardens, chicken coops, and the dairy farm, Stone Acres Farm has beautiful ornamental gardens dating back to the early 19th century. Many of the plants are still standing today, including the quarter mile of boxwood bushes that frame the formal garden. The gazebo, fish pond, and rose arbors located in the formal garden were first placed there in the late 1800s. The property is currently home to over forty varieties of daffodils and hundreds of varieties of plants, flowers and trees many of which were gifts from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.
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- Garden Tours & Dinner$50$500$0