For the first time since the inception of the America's Cup in 1851, the defender of the America's Cup (Team Oracle USA) elected to hold this prestigious event outside their own country, and Bermuda was immensely proud to have been chosen as the host of the 35th America's Cup in 2017. The event took place 26th May to 27th June in the brand new America's Cup Village. The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and engenders huge worldwide publicity.
With this in mind, The Garden Club of Bermuda celebrated this auspicious occasion with a series of BERMUDA GARDEN TOURS every Tuesday for six weeks during the period May 23rd to June 27th at differing venues throughout the island. This was a rare chance to encounter some of Bermuda's private gardens at the peak of the gardening year in Bermuda. Proceeds of these tours went to The Garden Club’s Scholarship Programme. Brief details of the open gardens follow. We are extremely grateful to our hosts who generously opened their gardens for this occasion.
Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
Home of Debbie and John Burville
13 Hidden Lane, Pembroke
A flower arranger's garden, complete with beautiful koi pond, pool, large slathouse, hillside beds, avocado & fruit trees, this garden is an oasis just outside the City of Hamilton
Home of Suzan and Derek Sickling
9 Hidden Lane, Pembroke
Rosapenna’s charming cottage garden is petite, informal and fun. Plantings are a mixture of annuals, Bermuda roses, grasses and herbs – colourful chaos – interspersed with brick pathways and steps, rustic cedar gates and arches. A happy space to wander.
Tuesday May 30th 2017
Home of Diana and Nigel Chudleigh
3 Somers Hill Road, Hamilton Parish
Somers Cove has an extensive garden which stretches from Harrington Sound to the North Shore. It contains raised vegetable beds, a tropical valley trail, sheltered fruit plantings, a native and endemic woodland as well as an historic lime kiln and quarry.
Tuesday June 6th, 2017
Home of Felicite and Ian Davidson
41 St. Mary's Road, Warwick
Old Walls is an old farmhouse built in the late 1700s. The farmland was terraced and the gardens created some forty years ago. The two-acre property has a significant lime kiln, fish ponds, a folly and a slat house.
Tuesday June 13th, 2017
Home of Felicity and Peter Holmes
13 Tee Street, Devonshire
Barngrove Rose Gardens - Enjoy over 200 Bermuda Mystery and Old Garden Roses along with colorful foliage and flowers in Barngrove’s 3/4 acre garden. Learn about The Bermuda Rose Society and their unique shadow box arrangements. See our website at www.barngrove.com
Tuesday June 20th, 2017
Home of Michael Spurling & Michael Whittall
12 Speaker's Drive, St. George
In Red Barracks' gardens you will experience the delights of a Chinese garden, rose beds, vegetable garden, slathouse, small animal pen, and a citrus orchard in this historic property, the earliest known deeds dating back to the reign of King George II in 1758. During this period the property housed a barracks of "Red Coats" hence the name "Red Barracks".
Tuesday June 27th, 2017
Home of Paul and Penne Leseur
19 Wreck Road, Sandys
Peppers was built in 1967 on a bluff overlooking Pilchards Bay in Sandys Parish.
Additional abutting properties were acquired during the late 1970s and early 1980s to extend the open space to the neighbouring government park. On the two acres there are quarried gardens, walled gardens, a slat house, a woodland walk with bee hives and an old lime storage pit. Due to extensive hurricane damage from four hurricanes, there is a continual replanting scheme to refurbish an altered landscape
The Garden Club of Bermuda also enhanced visitors' arrival during the America's Cup by designing and planting floral planters for the arrivals area at the airport, along with a stylized floral art design at the arrivals area exit, and was proud to work with the Corporation of Hamilton to design and plant the many decorated concrete planters used to beautify the City of Hamilton.
The Garden Club's fabulous display at the airport welcoming guests to the 2017 America's Cup
America's Cup boats drag racing in the Great Sound, Bermuda, June 2016