CAMDEN, Maine — Sunshine and summer flowers have been a winning combination for the Camden Garden Club’s annual garden tour for 61 years and counting.
On Thursday, the club will hold its 62nd tour, and organizers hope the predicted good weather will inspire people to tour this summer’s featured homes and gardens.
“These last couple of days have really helped to dry out the gardens,” said Judith Tarbox, treasurer of the garden club. “There are flowers popping out everywhere. I think the big draw will be people wanting to see beauty.”
The homes are a diverse lot, organizers said, including a Lincolnville Beach house on the water, a restored Camden cottage with whimsically artistic touches, and a small Rockport home on Sea Street with a harbor-front garden.
“There’s just a nice variety, sizewise and interestwise,” said Kris Mikkelson of the garden club. “There is a lot to look at.”
Last year, the chance to peek into homes and wander around gardens attracted about 1,200 people, Tarbox said. “Some people are tried-and-true and come great distances,” she said.
The garden tour is the primary fundraiser for the Camden Garden Club, which was founded in 1915 and works to beautify Camden through hanging flower baskets, Christmas wreaths and other programs. Two years ago, the tour raised more money than expected thanks to a stop at the home of Charles Cawley, the former head of MBNA. Members used the profits for a special project for the town, and work just finished on the new children’s amphitheater at Laite Beach Park on Bayview Street.
“We’re always optimistic that it’s going to be a great day, and we always want to do better,” Tarbox said.
Club members said their garden tour is one of the oldest and best-known in the state and some tourists even plan vacations around it.
“With the sunshine, it’s going to be really a lovely day,” Tarbox said.
Tickets for the tour are available at Brambles in Belfast, at Surroundings and the Whitehall Inn in Camden, at Northern Kingdom Music, Hoboken Gardens and Plants Unlimited in Rockport, and at Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at Camden State Park and at Northern Kingdom Music.
For information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.camdengardenclub.com, or call 236-8946.