The Putnam Examiner

Putnam County Gardens Needed for Fundraiser; Secret Garden Tour Set for June

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HVGC.PARCPartners with PARC, a non-profit dedicated to securing the financial future of people with disabilities, will host its annual Putnam County Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, June 8, 2013 and gardens are needed for this year’s fundraiser.

This annual garden tour fundraiser, which supports programs and services for children and adults with autism, disabilities, and special needs, was named “Best Garden Tour in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine and is esteemed and renowned throughout the area.

The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8,  is a self-guided driving tour of gardens across Putnam County. Tour organizers are looking for unique, memorable, and special gardens to profile for this year’s tour.

“Building on the success of our past garden tours and our well-known Cold Spring by Candlelight House Tour, we are in need of new and exciting gardens to showcase for this year’s Putnam County Secret Garden Tour fundraiser,” said Rand Otten, Director of Development for Partners with PARC. “With the support of our Putnam County friends and neighbors, we hope to expand our tour and include gardens that are rarely-seen and off the beaten path.”

A total of 12 gardens from across Putnam County are needed for this year’s event. Tour organizers are looking for formal gardens, charming country gardens, water gardens, alpine gardens, perennial flowering landscapes, rose gardens, and much more. All garden owners on this year’s tour will be given a trip for 4 to Cancun, Mexico (accommodations only, for 5 days/4 nights) as an incentive for being on the tour.

To make an appointment to have your garden visited by the Putnam County Secret Garden Tour organizers, please call 845-278-7272, ext. 2287 or email garden photos to

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