The 13th Annual Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour

The 2009 Garden Tour was held on Saturday, June 13th, 2009 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Featured plots included:

• A Southwest-themed garden with night-blooming cereus, numerous cacti, succulents and desert grasses, as well as a train running through an old-time town, complete with a sheriff on horseback and a “lady in red” at the saloon.

• A garden reminiscent of the New Orleans French Quarter, featuring a three-tiered fountain, charming pebble walkway and a variety of perennials, including pink and white Astilbe, vibrant blue Spiderwort, deep red Coral Bells and variegated Caladiums.

• A Victorian-era jewel that perfectly complements an 1887 Fenwick Pew house, complete with Japanese lanterns, gargoyles and a variety of wrought iron and ceramic ornaments set among palms, orchids, New Dawn roses, spectacular tree peonies, oakleaf and climbing hydrangea, crape myrtle and even a hardy camellia.

All along the garden tour, artists from Lambertville’s Artists Gallery cooperative captured the horticultural wonders of these selected private gardens in “plein air” paintings. These paintings will be sold during an announced event this Fall.

To view pictures of the gardens, click here.

Hidden Gardens Revealed 2

It's hard to keep a secret hidden in Lambertville, especially when each year in June the Kalmia Club lays open to view the horticultural wonders of selected private gardens during the "Hidden Gardens of Lambertville" tour. Along with tour-goers, this rare opportunity was taken advantage of by a dozen well-recognized, highly skilled, professional artists from the Artists' Gallery who settled into the garden sites to paint "plein air" for the tour day.

Besides the beautiful paintings that resulted, the Artists' Gallery artists created quite a buzz of interest and spirited conversation among tour-goers. "They added a wonderful compliment to our event." said Fran Bardusco, Garden Tour Chairwoman, "and now these beautiful paintings are going to be offered for sale with half of the proceeds being donated to the Kalmia Club to help benefit our community efforts."

"This is the second year that we have had the privilege to paint for the Kalmia Club," said Stacy Rogers, President of the Artists' Gallery cooperative, "last years benefit exhibition and sale was a great success". The "Hidden Gardens Revealed 2" exhibition and sale is for one weekend only starting with an opening reception for the donors, patrons, friends and members of the Kalmia Club on Friday, October 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Then the gallery doors will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Artists' Gallery is an artist run cooperative. "Unlike most privately owned galleries, the Artists' Gallery members can mobilize to help good causes and organizations by doing what we do best - create," said gallery member Gail Bracegirdle.

The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville 2008

The 2008 Hidden Gardens Tour was held on Saturday, June 14. The weather was hot, but the gardens were beautiful!
Proceeds from the Hidden Gardens of Lambertville event are used to sponsor community outreach programs and Kalmia's annual scholarship award given to a local female high school senior.

Nightclub at the Riverside - A Community Fundraiser

The Riverside Ballroom at the Inn at Lambertville Station was transformed on March 28, 2008 into a swanky nightclub for the Kalmia Club's "Nightclub at the Riverside" community fundraiser. As guests entered, "The Shackers" were performing setting the tone for the night. Glamorous cigarette girls circled the room, selling raffle tickets and handing out "Lucky Lights" candy cigarettes. Guests danced and mingled, the bar was busy and the raffle bags filled with tickets from the hopeful.

This event surpassed all expectations and raised over $5,000 which will be donated to SAFE in Hunterdon, the crisis center serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The high point of the night was the eclectic mix of wonderful music performed by Lambertville residents. Many local musicians donated their time and talent: Carol Heffler with Fred Van Doren; Jean Milman, John Sonntag, and "The Shackers" (Bill Kershaw, Shaun Ellis, Tim McKenzie, Misha Sumichrast, Art Banker, Steve Antos, Tom Larkin, Jason Bonthron, Chris Zaic and Hannah Zaic).

Kalmia would like to thank our generous event sponsors: The Inn at Lambertville Station; Hope Arvanitis; The Burkard Group "Tax Family;" Burton & Browse, LLP; Richard Cushing, Esq. of Gebhardt & Kiefer; Rachel Finkle; Holly Havens of NT Callaway; Hopewell Valley Community Bank; Lawrence D. Moore, CPA; Steven H. Morland, Jr., Esq. of Pellettiere, Rabstein & Altman; Niece Lumber; ShopRite of Flemington; Gough & Irene Thompson; and Wells Appel Land Strategies.

Naomi Drew, the Chairwoman for this event committee, did a fabulous job, as did her committee: Jena Dillon, Suzanne Gitomer, Carol Heffler, Beverly Kershaw, Leigh McKay, Mila Montemayor, Maryann Ranson and Jane Wesby whose beautiful photo adorned the event posters and programs.

The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007 (No raindate)
10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m

Click here to view the 2007 Gardens.

Radio Comes Alive in Lambertville!

On Saturday, March 24th radio’s heyday of the 30’s will return with a “live” radio theatre performance by Hunterdon Radio Theatre. Enjoy this is a unique opportunity to actually see radio theatre unfold on the stage! For more information click here.

Click Here for The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville - 2006!

The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville 2005

Saturday, June 11, 2005, the Kalmia Club will once again host The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville. If you enjoyed seeing the beautiful gardens on last year's tour, this year promises to be even more exciting and beautiful.

The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville was a self-guided tour which enabled visitors to explore the gardens at their own pace. Proceeds from the Tour were used to fund various community projects.

Click Here to View The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville 2005 Photos

Scroll down to see the Gardens from 2003 and 2004!

Garden Tour of Derek Fell’s Cedaridge Farm

On Saturday, May 7, 2005, 10:30 am, Mr. Fell will conduct this guided tour through his gardens for a group of 50 Kalmia members. Tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets will sell for $10.00 each, are available on a first come, first serve basis and the proceeds will be used to purchase plants to help with Kalmia’s garden "make-over".

Derek Fell is an award-winning writer and photographer with art, travel and garden books totaling more than 2.5 million in print, plus a photo library numbering more than 150,000 images portraying plants, gardens and travel destinations. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at historic Cedaridge Farm, where he cultivates an award-winning garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Click Here to View Garden Tour of Derek Fell’s Cedaridge Farm Photos

Kalmia Club together with Women’s Crisis Services Presents "Quilters: The Musical"

On Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 8:00 p.m., the Kalmia Club will present this musical at the Lambertville Station, NJ in the Riverside Room. All seats are $15 at the door and $10 when ordered in advance. Seating is limited so reserve your place early!

"Quilters" is a magical musical about a pioneer woman and her daughters who share stories and songs through the exquisite quilts they make by hand, each quilt block commemorating an event in their lives.

To order tickets, please click here.

"The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville" Tour - June 12, 2004

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On Saturday, June 12, 2004, the Kalmia Club of Lambertville presented the 8th annual "Hidden Gardens of Lambertville" self-guided tour. Proceeds from our garden tour are used to fund community projects. The tour showcases privately owned gardens not visible to the casual passerby. Visitors to this year's event were not disappointed in the selection of gem-like gardens nestled behind lovely homes!

The Kalmia Club Garden Project
Many a past visitor to Kalmia's Clubhouse have no doubt noticed our cheerless patch of New Jersey soil fronting our picturesque pink 19th century former Quaker meetinghouse.
  Well, you will be happy to know that we are in the process of developing a delightful garden to beguile the senses of townsfolk and visitors strolling past the Kalmia Club in quaint Lambertville!
  Landscape architect and instructor Ron Walker, and the students of Basic Landscaping and Planning II, at Mercer County Community College are generously donating their time to the Kalmia Club Garden Project. Each student will produce a landscape design. The students are learning residential, commercial and general site planning as part of the College's Ornamental Horticulture program.
  Walker intends to present the Kalmia Club with the finished drawings, which will be on display in the clubhouse the day of the tour. As an added treat, his own exquisite hidden garden will be featured on this year's tour!

Congratulations to Our Season Ticket Winners!
The Kalmia Club raffled off a pair of season tickets to the Concordia Chamber Players this year. The Players generously donated a pair of 2004-05 season concert tickets. Congratulations to the lucky winner!

Kalmia Club Presents River Huston's "Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment: One Girl's Guide to Living and Dying"

Thanks to everyone who made this event a wonderful success!

On Thursday, March 18th, 2004, River Huston performed her "Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment: One Girl's Guide to Living and Dying," at The Inn at Lambertville Station.

Ms. Huston is an award-winning poet, journalist, performance educator, and a much sought-after lecturer on the topics of sex, body image and addiction. She's the subject of a recent Showtime television special, "Say You Love Me" and has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NBC, Montel Williams and the Discovery Channel.

With razor-sharp wit, blunt language and often shocking personal stories, Ms. Huston's achingly funny comedy routine deals with everything from relationships and sex to body image and death. Her irreverence has drawn controversy over the years, but the means justify the ends: audiences come away with an unforgettable message about the power of humor to bring balance to their lives.

"The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville" Tour - June 2003

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On Saturday, June 21, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m the Kalmia Club proudly presented our tour, The Hidden Gardens of Lambertville. Our web site committee has captured memorable images of the gardens so that those of you who joined us could stroll once more through these lovely gardens and for those who were unable to participate can glimpse some of these hidden treasures.

Features of the day included an herb and topiary boutique at the Kalmia clubhouse and luncheon discounts for ticket holders at area restaurants.


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