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'This & That,' 'Fairy' and 'Tropical' Gardens on Mountainside Garden Tour

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Lisa and Cecilia from Springfield’s Fortunoff Backyard Store plan their display in the “This & That” garden
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A pineapple grows in Mountainside at the Central Avenue “Tropical” garden
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“MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The six Mountainside Gardens on view during the June 11th Tour of Mountainside Gardens are uniquely designed and planted by their homeowners. One is a naturalized “This & That” terraced garden lovingly planted and tended by its professional gardener homeowner. Another is a surprise in Mountainside because it’s a “Tropical” Garden complete with palm trees, pineapple and banana plants – certainly a sight to behold. Visit the land of the fairies at another garden where the “artists” from Christoffers’ Florist and Gift Shop will display a spectacular Fairy Garden tablescape.

The Sunny Slope Drive “This & That” garden along with the “Secret” garden on Miarmi Court will feature backyard furniture and accessory displays from Springfield’s Fortunoff Backyard Store who will also be raffling off a merchandise item
One of two gardens on Central Avenue, the “Tropical” garden is delightful with so many unusual tropical specimens. This homeowner is also a bee keeper and will have his honey available for sale. While there, visitors may hear a neighboring goat or rooster calling. Yes, this is Mountainside!

At the Central Avenue “Fairy” garden. Photographer, Linda Condrillo, will be on hand to show and sell her fantastic photo cards and prints – many of which are photos taken in Mountainside gardens.

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The six gardens on the Mountainside tour are located on Birch Hill Road, Orchard Road, Central Avenue (2), Sunny Slope Drive and Miarmi Court. Each garden is uniquely themed and inspires guests with ideas for their own gardens. They can be visited in any order. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy lunch at Mountainside’s Publick House restaurant whose management is generously donating the proceeds of lunch ticket sales back to the Mountainside Restoration Committee. The tour runs from 10am to 4pm. 

Advance tickets for Mountainside’s Garden Tour are $45 for Tour and Lunch or $30 for Tour only and can be purchased online at mountainsidehistory.org or at Christoffers Flower & Gift Shop located at 860 Mountain Avenue in Mountainside.  Limited tickets will also be sold on the day of the tour at each Garden Tour location for $35 for tour and $15 for lunch.

Proceeds from the tour and lunch will be used by the Mountainside Restoration Committee for restoration and maintenance of the historic Hetfield and Levi Cory houses.  The Mountainside Restoration Committee (aka, Mountainside Historic Committee) is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit committee of volunteers associated with the Borough of Mountainside.  Their purpose is to restore and maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House and Levi Cory House and collect and save historic information and items from destruction.  For further information, please call (908)789-9420; or, go to:  www.mountainsidehistory.org

PHOTO CAPTION #1: Lisa and Cecilia from Springfield’s Fortunoff Backyard Store plan their display in the “This & That” garden on Sunny Slope Drive which is part in the Mountainside Restoration Committee’s Tour of Mountainside’s Gardens to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

PHOTO CAPTION #2: A pineapple grows in Mountainside at the Central Avenue “Tropical” garden – one of six gardens on the Tour of Mountainside’s Gardens to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016. This gardener homeowner is also a bee keeper and will be selling his local honey during the tour.

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