The eagerly awaited 22nd annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour will take place Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The tour, now featured as a must-see event by the New York Times, is hosted by the Georges River Land Trust.

This year’s tour will feature seven gardens from Montville, Union, and Hope. Besides the gardens, one of the highlights of tour day is the drive following the Georges River as it meanders through the watershed with magnificent vistas of rolling hills, farms, fields of wildflowers, ponds and lakes. Come visit the headwaters of the St. George River.

This year’s gardens were chosen not only for their beauty and diversity, but also as stellar examples of garden owners who believe in living sustainably from the earth — enjoying the bounty of vegetable plants, fruit trees, farmyard animals, and creative perennial displays of bright blooms. There will be two speakers — one talk will be about an organic approach to gardening, and the other about composting.

Tickets with brochures are $25 in advance from local merchants: Brambles (Belfast); Planet Toys (Camden); Hope General Store (Hope); Liberty Graphics (Liberty); The Reading Corner and the land trust office (Rockland); Hedgerow (Tenants Harbor); The Highlands Coffee House (Thomaston); Union Agway (Union) and online at Tickets are available for $28 on tour day at any of the garden sites.

Home Kitchen Café will again be catering the lunch. There will be 15 raffle items to choose from ranging from a dwarf conifer, garden baskets, dahlia bulbs, hand-blown bud vases, artwork and more that will be on display at the lunch site in case participants want to buy another raffle ticket during the tour.

The land trust is grateful to Bangor Savings Bank for being the major sponsor again this year, and the hard working garden owners and volunteers who will assist in the gardens on tour day. The generous support from 85 local merchants and private individuals help to make this event a success and support the mission of the land trust.

For additional activities and more information, visit or call 594-5166.