May 15 2019

2019 Secret Gardens Tour - Official Launch of the 20th edition!

2019 Secret Gardens Tour - Official Launch of the 20th edition!

ROSEMÈRE, May 15, 2019 – On May 14, a press conference was held to officially launch the 20th anniversary of Rosemère's Secret Gardens Tour. For the occasion, Larry Hodgson, who will serve as Patron of the event, met with the media to promote this grand tour.

To mark this 20th anniversary, the Secret Gardens Tour will take place for a full weekend this year, July 13-14, instead of just one day. Participants will have the opportunity to visit a number of private gardens, many of which have never been open to the public.

"We are proud to celebrate the 20th edition of the Secret Gardens Tour. I would particularly like to thank Mr. Hodgson for his participation as Patron of this event as well as all the horticultural lovers who will be opening their gardens to other enthusiasts!" stated Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram.

"For the past few years, I have been taking part in Rosemère's Secret Garden Tour. I am always amazed by the beauty of the gardens and I can see that flowers are an integral part of Rosemère's DNA! So it is with great pleasure that I agreed to be the patron of this event to mark its 20th edition!" mentioned Mr. Hodgson.

As it may be recalled, this activity will take place rain or shine on July 13 and 14 this year, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors who wish to take advantage of this opportunity to get in a bit of exercise as well will be able to pedal their way along the tour by bike. At lunch time, they are invited to bring their picnic to Hamilton House, where musicians and painters will also be on hand.

The tour will start anytime between 9:30 a.m. and noon from the commuter train station. From there, they will be able to visit the gardens at their own pace until late afternoon. Tickets will be available from the beginning of June at the following locations:

· The municipal library, 339 Grande-Côte Road

· Town Hall, 100 Charbonneau Street

· The commuter train station, July 13-14 only, 287 Grande-Côte Road

Tickets cost $15 per day or $20 for both days.

All proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Les Petits Plaisirs respite organization. This group, which has been active in the region for a number of years, provides families whose child has a disability with access to certain services that are essential to their quality of life. This activity will therefore not only delight flower lovers with all its splendour, but it is also devoted to a humanitarian cause that is very important to our town.

Photo Contest

Do you have a talent for photography? Take advantage of your Visit to the Secret Gardens to immortalize the beauty of the gardens you will admire! The selected photos will be included in the next municipal calendar. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card redeemable at Place Rosemère. More details may be found on the Town's website.

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Picture (left to right): Stéphanie Nantel (Councillor), Eric Westram (Mayor), Larry Hodgson (Patron), Marie-Hélène Fortin (Councillor), René Villeneuve (Councillor) et Roger Barrette (Les Petits Plaisirs respite organization)

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