"Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowers."

                                             Elizabeth Barrett Browning

May 15, 2021, 10 am to 4 pm

Rain or Shine

           "...and tell thy soul, their roots are left in mine."

Date & Time

Twelve Gardens 

We have all been sheltered for many months.  Next May will be a month of rebirth.  The HGC has planned a delightful covid style; socially distanced tour, which will allow you to view 12 lovely gardens; each with its own charm, whimsy, and romance.  Visitors will learn much from these 12 gardens.  We have 8 gardens from the Forest Ridge Subdivision where these smaller gardens show, in many forms, how to create a new garden, add whimsy, and create their own distinctive spirit and charm.  They are easily accessed by simply parking on a side street and walking to them, as they are all within easy walking range of each other.


There are two gardens next to each other in the Historic Hillsborough section of town.  These are of medium size which will enchant you, and draw you to them as they are nestled quietly behind their lovely homes, and the visitor must discover them.  They have mature shrubs, trees and lovely paths, and wonderful host of architectural features that will draw you to them. They are both romantic beauties.  You will take many pictures, I am certain.  There is very easy parking on the street for attendees.


There are two large gardens which are a true delight and treat.  They are one block from each other with very easy parking for visitors at each location. They each have many rooms within which will beckon the visitor.  As you meander socially distanced, you will discover their distinctness and charm.  You will look up at their surrounding mature trees and shrubs which bring much grounding and awe, and allow the visitor to imagine what time was like 150+ years ago.


Our delightful gardens will have a lovely array of Spring flowers and flowering shrubs to enchant you.  We encourage you to take pictures, smile, laugh, and chortle as Elizabeth Barrett Browning would have done secretly beneath her handkerchief, and most importantly:              --   to allow yourself to breathe out…

Ticket Sales- click here

Tour tickets are $30 until May 1st and can be purchased online here by clicking the Buy Now button above through PayPal. Tickets purchased May 2nd until the day of the event will be $35.  

On the day of the event, ticket holders and those purchasing tickets (by cash or check) will go to our Tour Pickup Spot which will be in the driveway of a private home just off of Churton St in downtown Hillsborough.  The Tour Pickup Spot address will be announced on May 1, 2021.  At the Tour Pickup Spot guests will receive their event wristband and the tour guide booklet with a map of the garden locations.  The event wristbands are your admittance to the gardens on the tour.

Garden Tour t-shirts, garden gloves, seeds and a few plants will also be available for purchase at the Tour Pickup Spot!


We have several levels of sponsorships named for some of our favorite pollinator plants. Which level of sponsor will you          ? (see that tie in with our pollinator plants?) Visit our sponsorship page to see the benefits of each level and see our list of generous sponsors!!!!!!

T-shirts- for sale soon, check back later!

This is a preliminary design. Colors will be lavender or gray. Sizes will be small to 2xl.  Cost will be $20.  Top sponsors are listed on the back of the shirt. Stay tuned on how you can reserve yours!

We are dedicating our tour to Sue Harris (1952-2020), our former Club president, very dear friend, and fellow gardener.  


I remember the day Sue joined the garden club.  I knew she would be a wonderful member and contributor to our club.  I watcher her very animated face, seeing her smiling, shaking hands, and greeting people; telling them she was so happy to be a member of the club.  She had this dazzling smile, so much warmth and great humor about her.  She always saw the good in people and always stepped-up to volunteer even though her plate was quite full.

Sue was a consummate pollinator gardener.  She lovingly created stunning, extensive gardens at her home in Hillsborough which captivated the hearts of the hundreds of people who visited it.  She was always adding, moving plants around and enlarging it.  She worked in her garden until she could no longer get about.  Even during her chemo treatments, she helped to design the downtown planters, and then helped to plant them. She continued to help the garden club with meetings, giving a presentation on Creating with Found Objects.  She never stopped helping. Sue greatly inspired me and many others who knew her.  She was such a huge supporter of our garden club.  Her spirit and gusto brought out the best in others. She made people happy, and made them laugh.

I can still see the twinkle in your eyes, Sue...

Thank you Sue for adding so much to the Hillsborough Garden Club.  You are sadly missed, but you will never be forgotten.  

Dedication, written by Penny Rand

Hillsborough Garden Club

2021 Garden Tour

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