Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sunday Is Mrs. Greenthumbs Day 2018

In 2014, a group of people--mostly gardeners but not all--decided to revive a tradition that had started more than a decade earlier: Mrs. Greenthumbs Day, honoring the memory of Hudson's most talented, most exuberant, and most famous gardener, Cassandra Danz, who had a local radio show, appeared on national television, and wrote books as Mrs. Greenthumbs.

Mrs. Greenthumbs Day was and is observed with the most democratic of garden tours. People with gardens they love, work hard at, and are proud of open their gardens to fellow gardeners, gardener wannabes, and garden appreciators. The garden tour is a unique opportunity to view gardens hidden behind buildings and fences and to get inside gardens that can only be tantalizingly glimpsed from the street.

Now a biennial event, Mrs. Greenthumbs Day returns this year on Sunday, July 22. Twenty-one gardens in Hudson will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are clustered together in different locations throughout the city, making walking from garden to garden on this self-guided garden tour, a pleasant stroll around town. The map below shows the locations of all twenty-one gardens. Balloons will mark the entrance to each garden.

Click on the map to enlarge it and then print it out, or email  Gossips to request a pdf of the map. On the day of the tour, maps will be available at Nolita Café, 454 Warren Street; The Secret Gardener, 250 Warren Street; and the Hudson Opera House (Hudson Hall), 327 Warren Street.   

The garden tour is free and open to all, but there will be the opportunity at each garden to show your appreciation by making a contribution to the Hudson Parks Conservancy to support its effort to restore and enhance our city's parks.

When the garden tour is over, garden "tourists" are encouraged to come to the Parks Party, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Secret Gardener, 250 Warren Street, to celebrate the launch of the Hudson Parks Conservancy. The goal of the new organization is to work with the City of Hudson to enhance the city's public parks and make them sources of community pride that enrich the lives of all Hudsonians. A donation of $40 is requested for the party, which can be paid at the door. Click here to RVSP.

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