The annual Georges River Land Trust Gardens in the Watershed tour will take place Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and travel through rolling hills and farmland dotted with lakes, ponds and the St. George River.

Seven country gardens in the middle watershed towns of Appleton, Rockport, Union and Warren will be available to visit, rain or shine. This year’s gardens offer an array of mixed perennial borders, vegetable gardens, ornamental plantings, herb beds, chickens, garden art and more.

Along with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the area and the individual homeowners’ horticultural creativity, gardening experts will speak at two of the gardens offering helpful information for your own garden. Bob Emmons, former professor of plant science at the State University of New York, Cobbleskill, who specialized in entomology, plant pathology and integrated pest management, will speak about Japanese Beetles at 11 a.m. Sharon Turner, Master Gardener, consultant, educator and garden designer will speak at 2 p.m. on gardening for birds.

Make this a full day by pre-ordering a lunch catered by Home Kitchen Café. Be sure to get raffle tickets for the more than15 raffle items ranging from a dwarf conifer, garden baskets, dahlia bulbs, Ikebana flower vase, artwork and more.

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

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