Back Alley Garden Tour And Tea 2014

Backyard Gardens & An Elegant Afternoon Tea

Historic Shepherdstown, WV

Gardens Open Rain or Shine
Saturday, May 17, 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, May 18, 11 am to 4 pm
Afternoon Tea Both Days 12 noon to 4 pm

Come and enjoy a rare opportunity to view private gardens of Historic Shepherdstown. Stone, bone, iron and water are the basic elements of towns like this. 250 years of history in 1.5 square miles creates an infusion of ancient and modern, immaculate cultivation and playful wildness. Enjoy dooryard gardens and backyard retreats, with merchants and homeowners sharing a unique, wonderful esthetic for all things that grow; a tradition as alive today as at the founding of our town.

Enjoy unlimited visits to these gardens over the two days along with admission to one Tea. Leave with great memories and loads of ideas for your own space. Many local merchants are planning specials to entice you to stay for dinner and spend the evening listening to jazz, Appalachian Folk or myriad eclectic musical talent, from classical to modern.

Within minutes of starting the tour you'll know why, for seventeen years, people experience the Back Alley Tour and Tea, enjoying the charm of the past while being inspired by today's gardens. Sip tea from fine china — enjoy homemade sweets and savories. Shop in unique merchant settings stocking one of a kind items, as well as fine dining, all over our town.

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Event sponsored by Shepherdstown Community Club.
Proceeds benefit Morgan's Grove Park and the War Memorial Building.

Site sponsored by Thomas Shepherd Inn

Artwork from collection of G. B. Sanders