Plans are being finalized for a "GardenFest Weekend" in Shepherdstown May 17-18.
The centerpiece of the two-day event will be the town's 15th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, which will include a self-guided walking tour of more than a dozen private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea.
Both days will also be full of many other garden-related activities, including demonstrations and exhibits about horticulture, landscaping, composting, beekeeping, raising chickens, indoor gardening, flower arranging, and more.
There will also be garden-related items and plants for sale.
In addition, there will be farmers markets both days, along with displays by local artists and potters, sidewalk sales by local merchants, access to local historic sites, live music, children's events and special spring menus at many local restaurants.
The Tour and Tea and all the other weekend activities will be held rain or shine.
Garden Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Teas will be offered from 12 noon to 4 p.m. each day.
Admission to both the Tour and Tea will be $20 per person through May 14, and $25 after that.
The Shepherdstown Community Club sponsors the Tour and Tea, and all proceeds will be used to support the two important community resources the Club owns: the War Memorial Building and Morgan's Grove Park.
Tour and Tea tickets and more information are available online at www.backalleygarden.org. Tickets are also on sale in the town at the Village Florist, Sweet Shop and Four Seasons Books store on German Street, and Yarnability on South Duke Street
All of the weekend's other activities will be free and will follow the same hours as the Garden Tour.
For more details about these other activities and information about parking locations during the weekend, go to the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center web site at www.shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com or contact Jan Hafer at 304-876-2786.