Garden locations include five in-town properties and one organic farm.   PHOTO COURTESY OF BAR HARBOR GARDEN CLUB 

Garden tour includes five in-town properties 

This quilt, made and donated by club member Dottie Ritsko, is being offered for raffle at the Garden Tour on July 17. The quilt is titled “Labor of Love, Pandemic Therapy.” 

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Garden Club’s 2021 Garden Tour is set for Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The tour will include five gardens located within walking distance from one another in downtown Bar Harbor, as well as a community sustainable farm. The rain or shine event will be organized differently compared to year’s past, with an online-only ticket purchase and a shuttle from a centralized parking location.  

Once tickets have been purchased, attendees will be given the tour’s locations, complete with a description of each property as well as instructions for parking. Drivers will be asked to park at the Mount Desert Island YMCA and will be shuttled to and from the downtown area by participating sponsors Oli’s Trolley, Stanley Subaru and Darling’s Auto Group. The 1.6-mile walking tour promises expansive views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands.  

At the MDI YMCA, an outdoor marketplace will also take place the day of the event and will feature a variety of local artisans who will sell their works. A percentage of sales will be donated to the garden club to be used for community projects. Entrance to the market will not require a ticket purchase.  

Two secondary fundraisers will also be held at the garden locations. At one location, “patio pots” will be for sale. The pots were created by garden club members and consist of both hanging and ground pots filled with flowers. At another location, a quilt created by member Dottie Ritsko will be offered for raffle.  

The garden tour is a biennial fundraiser that supports a variety of community projects and funds college scholarships for students studying horticulture and the environment. 

For more information, email [email protected] 

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