With the gorgeous spring season upon us, gardens are certainly on everyone’s minds. The cherry blossoms are blossoming, the tulips are tulip-ing, and everyone is out and about on beautiful weekend mornings mulching and sowing, and sprucing up their outdoor spots. This is the time of year when house and garden tours really hit the spot. Nothing inspires one to live beautifully like taking in the views and carefully crafted landscapes of historic and remarkable dwellings. “Doorways into Talbot County History” is the theme for the Talbot House and Garden Tour this year, scheduled for Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour features six historic waterfront properties with glorious present-day gardens in what was known as the Miles River Parish. Descendents of the Lloyds of Wye House owned three of the featured estates: Wye Heights Plantation, Knightly, and Presqu’ile (where Francis Scott Key once lived!). Wheatlands was built by General Perry Benson who helped repel the British attack on St. Michaels in 1813. Lombardy is an early 20th century home attached to its historic 18th century wing, while River Bank is a horticulturist’s dream. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, the tour is part of the annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, which has been a A Maryland tradition for 77 years. The tours offer participants unique looks at some of our state’s most remarkable, historic homes and gardens and are sure to inspire all those who love gardens, architecture, and the dovetailing of the two.
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