Saturday, June 13 | 1pm-4pm
(Rain date: June 14)
See their private landscape designs and take home ideas for your own gardens. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, sand and salt, but each uniquely situated. Physick Estate gardens are included! Maps will be available the day of the tour outside on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street.
Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask as this is a ticketed event at private homes. Masks will be provided on request. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders who, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or email.
Please note that on 5/19/20, the City of Cape May, on behalf of Cape May MAC, received confirmation from Governor Murphy’s Office that the Spring Celebration Garden Tour is a permissible activity at this time, citing the “Community Garden” Section of the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) #147.
Properties on Tour
The Bowne Family Residence
1014 Cape May Avenue, Cape May
A garden is a place of respite – a source of tranquility for the eyes, the mind and the soul. As you enter down the garden stoned pathway through the archways, your eyes will lead you past brightly decorated window boxes, vibrant daylilies and majestic iris. The backyard is a welcoming feast of roses, fern and lush foliage tucked among swaying river birch and crape myrtle trees. Look for the many whimsical creations ready to greet you as you continue around and through to the front of the property. The garden was first planted in 2012 and has undergone extensive changes to include native trees and perennials, as well as many herbs and annuals favored by the owners.
The Courtney Family Residence
104 2nd Ave., West Cape May
I think of our garden like a reunion of family and friends who come together every year throughout the summer at our home. With inspiration taken from the simplicity of woodland landscapes, I planned our garden like familiar people who gather instinctively with those they have the most in common to talk, laugh, and share a space. Our flowers, bushes and trees were combined and grouped together to share the same area without competing for space or attention. Just like friends and family who come and go throughout the summer, they finish their bloom and make way for another group to arrive. When some plants return to just their foliage, they provide the support to show off the new arrivals of color as the season moves forward. I add annuals to show off the long-standing regulars that return each year. I give away a great deal of what I have most of and I like to think that our garden continues to grow everywhere I have lived or have not lived. Spreading the kindness of flowers is my small way to give back to this world. I hope that our garden provides peace and comfort to all who enter. We welcome you.
The Kurtz Family Residence
910 Washington Street, Cape May
As you began your stroll into our gardens you can’t help but notice the majestic oak tree that stands tall over our property. Hydrangeas, hostas and brightly colored begonias line the front of the house. The dining patio is surrounded by a perennial garden enhanced by the soothing sound of a lovely water fountain with rose bushes and pots of annuals add a pop of color. An area of ivy shares its spot with a beautiful Crape Myrtle that flowers in late Summer. There are several comfortable areas to sit and pass those lazy Summer days away. Even the birds have their own little spot to bathe, dine and rest. The back patio, which has seating for six, offers a cozy fire pit to warm you on a cool evening. This is the perfect area to chat with friends while enjoying a glass of wine. Adjacent to the patio is our grilling area and potting shed complete with flowering window boxes. Thank you for enjoying our garden, as it is our labor of love that makes it a special place.
The Maggie McKean (1890)
1125 Washington Street, Cape May
This is the private home of John and Cheryl Gulish. We are former owners of a small perennial farm and retiring from a profession where we grew and sold plants for over 50 years, and we have focused our energy on redoing our property. Out went overgrown, diseased evergreens and in came colorful perennials, shrubs and bulbs. The wrought iron gazebo that graced our former home was reassembled and surrounded with fragrant, climber roses. Tree, shrub and climber roses grow throughout the grounds. Varieties of iris, from ground hugging crested to noble tall bearded, have been transplanted from our former farm along with herbaceous, tree, and Itoh peonies. We have a passion for the unusual as evidenced by green panda clumping bamboo, false blue bleeding heart, baptisia, and euphorbia to name a few. A large number of brightly colored annuals grow both in the gardens and in containers throughout. Behind the house, garden boxes contain numerous vegetable plants and a rear shade garden also is home to a fig tree. Birds are frequent visitors to our feeders and bird houses. We welcome you to our garden and would be happy to answer questions as you explore our property.
Somewhere In Time Property
202 Ocean Ave., Cape May Point
Our goals include pesticide free gardening and native plants that help wildlife like birds, bees, and butterflies. We strive to have succession plantings that give our owners, renters and neighbors pleasure for 3 seasons of the year. We have been gradually replacing non-native plants like rosa rugosa with natives like beach plum. Our master gardener, Josh Nemeth, is a horticulture genius who both provides us with ideas for new additions and maintains what we already have. He has won an award for outstanding garden at Cape May Point. We all look forward to sharing our gardens with you! Somewhere In Time captures the Victorian atmosphere of Cape May and Cape May Point while providing the most modern conveniences available. The Victorian Era building was totally renovated in 1986 and provides seven fully equipped contemporary apartments available for rental just a block from St. Peters Beach and a short walk to Cape May Point State Park.
The Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street, Cape May
Tour six different gardens on the grounds of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum.
OVAL GARDEN: 700 colorful annuals of multi-colored snapdragons, marigolds, white vinca and red cardinal salvia flower for Summer.
HERB GARDEN: Ornamental and culinary herbs thrive throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
FRED AND SARITA KUHNER MEMORIAL SHADE GARDEN: Enjoy a refreshing retreat on a hot summer’s day among the fountain, hydrangeas, hostas, lilies of the valley, ferns, rhododendrons and holly trees.
ELVIRA TURANO MEMORIAL GARDEN: Featuring a fountain and benches that beckon guests to enjoy a respite among ferns, hollyhocks, hellebores and two fig trees.
WELCOME GARDEN: A pleasing “welcome” as visitors walk from the parking in the back to the grounds of the estate. It is made up of a collection of flowering shrubs (all white flowers) daylilies and other flowers.
POLLINATOR GARDEN: Made up of a collection of native plants designed to create a habitat for butterflies. The intention of this garden is to showcase plants that people can use in their own garden to attract and support butterflies.