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20th annual Northampton Garden Tour sponsored by Friends of Forbes Library

  • Julie Abramson, whose garden is included in the Friends of Forbes Library Tour, collects unusual perennials, annuals and woody plants.
  • <br/>Julie Abramson, whose garden is included in the Friends of Forbes Library Tour, collects unusual perennials, annuals and woody plants.
  • 'Bourbon' clematis grows in Julie Abramson's Northampton garden.
  • <br/>Julie Abramson's garden is one of six included in the Friends of Forbes Library garden tour on June 8.
  • “I sit here and I look out at the path and love it, says Julie Abramson. "Of course, the path wouldn’t be anything without the garden.”<br/>
  • <br/>Hostas in Julie Abramson's garden
  • Julie Abramson's garden at her home off Cooke Street in Northampton.
  • <br/>A tree peony in Julie Abramson's garden
  • <br/>Julie Abramson grows 15 varieties of clematic, including this one, 'Silver Moon'.

The 20th annual Northampton Garden Tour sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library is June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

There are six gardens on the tour, including Julie Abramson’s. Several are owned and created by artists while others also feature garden art. One is jointly owned by four condominium residents while another eschews the traditional lawn.

Tickets cost $15 in advance; $20 the day of the tour. They are available at the library and at Cooper’s Corner in Florence, Cornucopia Foods in Thorne’s Marketplace and State Street Fruit Store, both in Northampton, Bay State Perennial Farm in Whately and Hadley Garden Center in Hadley.

Tickets include a map with descriptions and directions.

There will be a raffle with the prizes displayed in the library until June 6 and in Garden No. 4 on the day of the tour. Prizes include gift certificates to local garden centers and nurseries, Bear Path Farm compost, a garden consultation with Jim McSweeney of Hilltown Tree and Garden, a canvas tote of Womanswork products, a gift certificate to Webster’s Fish Hook Restaurant, a garden ornament by Martha McCormick, chocolates and flowers, a Betsy Feick photograph and a quilt hanging.

Friends of Forbes Library will sponsor a hands-on pruning demonstration at Smith College June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. with Tracey Putnam Culver, head gardener. The fee for the workshop is $20. Class is limited to 15 people. Register at ldybug.21@gmail.com.

— CHERYL B. WILSON

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Serenity is the key word for Julie Abramson’s garden, which is featured on the June 8 Northampton Garden Tour sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library. Abramson collects unusual perennials, annuals and woody plants, and she has an innate design sense that blends them all together. Abramson’s house is surrounded by gardens, both sunny ones and shady ones. However, it … 0

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