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Neighborhood Garden Tour and Barn Party Fundraiser for Neighborhood Schoolhouse
The Bunker Farm and surrounding gardens
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Sep 21, 2019 11:00 AM

Admission Level Price Quantity
Garden Tour $40.00 ($42.99 w/service fee)
Admission to all six gardens on Saturday Sept 21, *Note Thorndike Garden only open from 1-3pm  
Barn Party $50.00 ($53.49 w/service fee)
Admission to Barn Party, dinner and music by The Rear Defrosters, starts at 5:30, Cash Bar  
Garden Tour & Barn Party $75.00 ($79.74 w/service fee)
Admission to both events  
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Neighborhood Garden Tour and Barn Party Fundraiser for Neighborhood Schoolhouse
Garden Tour and Barn Party with dinner and dancing, with music by The Rear Defrosters. All proceeds go towards the Neighborhood Schoolhouse!

The Neighborhood Schoolhouse is an intentionally small school in Brattleboro, VT. where children explore the wonder of childhood in our own beautiful garden, playground, woods, walking trails and classrooms. Our curriculum emphasizes democratic life skills, collaborative learning, creative expression and individualized academic instruction for a diverse group of learners. To learn more about our programs for children ages 6 weeks through Grade 8, please visit

The Garden Tour is on Saturday September 21st from 11-4. Come see six gorgeous private gardens in Dummerston and Putney, Vermont. This will be the first time most of these gardens will be open to the public in order to support a great cause.
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The Barn Party will start at 5:30 pm with farm-to-table dinner featuring Bunker Farm chicken and will take place in the beautiful 1840s Bunker Farm hay barn. Starting at 8pm the Rear Defrosters, a danceable, honky-tonk band, will perform. Come out for a great evening in support of the Neighborhood Schoolhouse

*Gardens will be open anytime between 11-4 pm with the exception of the Thondike Garden which will be open from 1-3pm.

*No bathrooms available in the gardens, but bathroom facilities are available all day at The Bunker Farm which is a few minutes away from each of the gardens.

*Barn Party to follow, starting at 530pm with dinner and music by the Rear Defrosters starting at 8.  Separate ticket required for dinner. (see Ticket Pricing options!)

Gardens on Tour:

Tom Bodett and Rita Ramirezs garden is built around natural cascading pools and a salt water swimming pool, which is surrounded by goshen stonework, abundant gardens, acres of hayfields and distant views. The gardens were planted with every season in mind, with interesting combinations of annuals, perennials and shrubs. Other features include the Pergola garden, the fire pit, boci court garden, and gravel garden.

Deborah Holway's garden is built around an old cape from the 1700's, with original stone walls providing a framework for the gardens. The gardens are created by two generations of Holways; designed by the late plantswoman Alice Holway, and now her niece, Deborah has carried the gardens on in her own style. Full of interesting plant combinations, juxtaposing classic plants with wild and exotic annuals, the garden feels fresh and timeless at the same time.

Penelope Wurr & Michael Wilner
This pretty split level walled cottage garden is coddled by an old tree apple orchard and a gracious long path through meadow to a sundial. The architecture is based much like many other English gardens on straight lines and rectangular rooms. Views through the landscape, hedges and arches abound.  

When Bobby Scott and Margaret Everitt bought their property in Dummerston 25 years ago, it was for the land- with beautiful undulating fields, magical vistas, ancient rockeries, a graceful spring fed pond and mature black locusts surrounding the house. Bobby envisioned an all green courtyard garden, a peony hedge of over 100 varieties, a flowering cherry orchard, a perennial sunken garden, and abundant lilacs. In addition to Bobby's vision, none of it could have happened without Edwin de Bruijn, Linda Baily, Helen O'Donnell and Maria and Steve Glabach.

Joan and Nick Thorndikes garden has been a lovely collaboration of expertise, hard work, trial and error and great spirit over the past 30 years. Crediting the talents and friendships of their amazing team over the many years, they feel fortunate to open and share the garden for this tour.

Catherine Dianich Gruver
The Red House is tucked into the center of Dummerston.  The relaxed garden surrounding this 18th century cape features considered plantings that fill the gardens with blooms and fragrance from early spring until late autumn.  Stone walls created from stones on the property serve as an elegant structure for many of the gardens, giving them a distinct New England feel.  Many  interesting ornamental plants on display as well as productive perennial food production in the surrounding gardens.

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The Bunker Farm and surrounding gardens (View)
857 Bunker Road
United States



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