Every year the House and Garden Tour committee of the Camden Garden Club places a full bottle of gin in the club president’s garden prior to the tour.

This somewhat unconventional tradition pays homage to a Native American superstition promising that if one positions an open bottle of gin in the garden, the spirit of gin rises from the bottle and provides good weather.

It may also be derived from the southern tradition of “burying the bourbon” at the site where a bride and groom are to be married to ward off rain on their wedding day. According to many believers this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down.

Whether one believes in superstition or not, it appears to be working for Camden Garden Club. In fact, longtime residents of the Midcoast have learned that if you plan an outdoor activity on House and Garden Tour day you will most likely be guaranteed sunshine. Remarkably this has proven to be true for more than 90 percent of the 68 tour days. However, there have been a few exceptions. In 1940 success was reported “in spite of inclement weather.” Thirty years later in 1970 it was reported “attendance was down because the weather was not kind to us.” Only 1980 reported “pea soup fog from morning ‘til night.”

So… the bottle is in place and wonderful weather is expected for July 21, 2016, and the 69th annual House and Garden Tour.