Two properties overlooking the Great Wicomico open for tour

Begun in the spring of 2000, Just Gardens will celebrate its 15th tour Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, opening gardens on or near the Great Wicomico River.

“It’s a great way to learn what grows in our part of Virginia,” said tour chairman Anne Olsen.

The rain or shine event benefits The Haven Shelter and Services, which offers shelter and counseling for victims of sexual assault.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on tour days. Advance tickets may be purchased at The Dandelion in Irvington, The Pedestal in Kilmarnock, Dream’s Fashion Boutique in Burgess, the Shoppe for Haven’s Sake in Warsaw and havenshelter.org/justgardens.

“Gardening isn’t just about digging holes and watching things grow. It’s about plant shopping with friends, plant sharing with neighbors and mutual admiration of each other’s gardens,” says Sue Kosinski. She and Janice Mahoney are neighbors, plant fanatics and friends, “and sometimes each other’s worst enemy when it comes to buying plants together,” Kosinski said. “We can fill an SUV in no time flat.”

Kosinski’s garden, overlooking Ball Creek off the Great Wicomico River, is a culmination of 10 years of challenges, experimentation and vision.


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