Perennial Pleasures

Daphne Walker (third from left in the orange print top) and members of the Dirt Divas + Dude gardening group. The Dude was absent from this trip.

by Glennis Drew

An inside table laid for tea, in case of inclement weather, at Perennial Pleasures.

EAST HARDWICK — The Tea Garden at Perennial Pleasures Nursery, and the Nursery itself, have closed for the season, heralding the end of summer 2017.  The gardens and nursery, run by Rachel Kane, will blossom again on May 5, 2018; the summer teas and gift shop overseen by her mother, Judith, will open on May 26. The site is host to a Mother’s Day tea, Croquet on the Lawn throughout the summer (any day but Monday) and an annual Phlox fest.

In late August the Burlington gardening group, “Dirt Divas + Dude” arrived on their annual Vermont nursery tour for tea, scones with jam and whipped cream, cucumber sandwiches and dessert.  “I’ve been coming here every year for 20 years,” said Daphne Walker.  “We stop at nurseries along the way, but this is the destination.”

A view of the tea garden at Perennial Pleasures on a busy August afternoon.

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