The "St Andrews by the Sea" annual House and Garden tour 2010
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The “St Andrews by the Sea” Garden Tour. July 17 2010 Edition
On July 17 2010, my wife and I drove to St Andrews by the sea to partake in the “Annual Garden Tour”. The House and Garden Tours began in the 1970’s. These Tours are a way for the Community to raise funds for good causes. This year funds are to support the “ Passamaquoddy Lodge ”
What a day we had! Mother Nature was with us all day. By 2:00 pm the temperature had reached 93’C but the breeze from the Bay was cooler and made us feel like in the tropics. With the morning fog keeping the flowers at a good moisture level, by 12:00 AM when the tour began, the flowers showed off their colors and their beauty in an incredible way.
We visited 10 very beautiful gardens. The variety of flowers was impressing. For a photographer as I am, it was paradise. I have so many splendid pictures from every garden that I have spent many hours trying to pick the best. You will find in my photo essay, pictures from all the Gardens we visited. The greeting by the volunteers was fantastic. We had the impression we had met them before and were pleased to see them again. It was pleasant to meet with the home owners and talk about their work and achievements.
We visited some incredible Homes during the Tour. Some were new, some were older and a few were simply incredible. All had that touch of class that makes St Andrews by the Sea the picturesque place it is.
One touch we enjoyed very much was the visit to “Tillietudlem” that beautiful Home built by the Montréal born architect Edward Maxwell (1867-1923) around 1900. It was also very interesting talking to the two grandson’s of Edward Maxwell who were on hand during our visit.
We met and had a nice chat with the present owner of “Tillietudlem”, M. Carl Sapers from Cambridge Massachusetts who was quick to point out to us the beautiful tree standing on the front lawn of this great house.
The tree is an AmericanYellowwood: (Cladrastis kentukea) originating from Kentucky. The American Yellowwood can put on one of the most spectacular flowering displays of any tree species. The blossoms appear in late spring, when numerous wisteria-like foot-long flower clusters droop from the branches. The color is normally white, but can be pink. In either case, a mature tree in full bloom is a stunning sight. In recognition of its beauty, the species was given the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Award in 1994.
At the end of our tour, we were invited to the St Andrews Anglican Church on King Street for scrumptious strawberry shortcake and refreshments. We met with many volunteers and had an honest good time.
Before leaving the church we inquired as to where we could have a good meal and relax before leaving for our return trip to Grand Barachois NB. We were given a few choices that met our criteria’s.
We settled on “Gables” on Water Street, they have a great terrace facing the Bay. The breeze on the terrace was refreshing and the view at high tide was just “WOW”. The reception was quick and cordial; we had a good spot in minutes. The menu was diversified; there also was a “menu du jour” with a good selection. We selected the fish and chips (Haddock). The presentation, the quality and taste of food was superb. We highly recommend this place.