Hoboken Secret Gardens 2009

5/26/2009:

Peek into your neighbor’s yards – and see them show off their fabulous gardens! Sunday, May 31st (raindate Sunday June 7th).

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Hoboken Secret Gardens Tour

“This year’s “Secret Gardens” will continue to inspire you. You’ll see how an over-sized fireplace style backdrop to a garden space truly helps turn this area into a true ‘green living room.’ You’ll see unique outdoor lighting designs, such as tiny, pinhole lights that come up from beneath the beautiful blue/gray slate patio space. In additional to all the new gardens that you’ll see, we’re bringing back one of our finest gardens as well as added bonus satellite stops for those who want to see even more fabulous gardens.”

Take a sneak peek at some of this year’s gardens here.

Tour times & ticket info

Guided tours leave every 1/2 hour from the Hoboken Historical Museum (13th & Hudson) and begin at 9am; last tour departs at 4pm. Tours last about 2 hours.

Tickets $20 in advance and for Museum and Hoboken Garden Club members; $25 day of event. Tickets available at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St. Advance purchase recommended, as space is limited. Tours filled on first come, first served basis. For advance tickets by credit card, call 201.656.2240 ext. 6 and leave your number and someone will call you back to take the details over the phone. Or you can visit one of several other advance ticket locations in Hoboken, including Sparrow Wine & Liquor at 1124 Shipyard Lane, Baskets of Distinction at 1102 Washington St., Beethoven’s Veranda at 108 10th St. and Yes, I Do! at 312 Washington St.

All proceeds benefit the Hoboken Historical Museum.

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36 Comments on "Hoboken Secret Gardens 2009"

just browsing
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just browsing

Over the years I volunteered several times to be a guide on the garden tour. At first, there were many lovely gardens planted by the homeowner’s themselves and a true variety of garden types. 5 or more years ago, on my first tour, some gardens were created by the cute Italian grandpa who’s been here forever, some were by proud new homeowners who did it themselves and others elaborate professionally done installations.

By last year’s tour, I felt like the entire event was nothing more than an advertisement for Hufnagel & Hoppe. Practically every garden was an outrageously expensive masterpiece created by professionals. While these yards may be beautiful, as a gardner, I would have liked to see what people can do on a modest budget with their own hands. Moreover, each home had Hufnagel & Hoppe brochures, photo galleries and a person on site to pitch their services. I didn’t care to volunteer this year because I don’t think the event is a “community” event any more and I don’t work to promote Hufnagel & Hoppe for free. The museum needs to reexamine it’s selections and put forth a much more balanced selection of gardens before I rejoin their efforts.

krewedetat
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krewedetat

I agree with imahog2 and heard a similar comment from another tour-goer. I don’t know why the museum thinks they need 10 sites and 4 bonus gardens. Does anyone take the whole tour? Many people dropped out in the one I took. They should narrow it down to a few really nice ones and not fall for everything Alan Hoppe designs.

sah
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I assume the condos at 720 Willow are for sale? Have heard that’s really the purpose of the tour….so much for real gardening…..depressing…

JohnH
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JohnH

FYI the apartment with the garden at 720 Willow had already been sold by the time the garden tour was held. You must have been so depressed after the visit. Poor you.

In response to sah who said:
I assume the condos at 720 Willow are for sale? Have heard that’s really the purpose of the tour….so much for real gardening…..depressing…

strand tramp
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strand tramp

k&e is world famous for their leads and lead holders/pointers as much as anything they ever made. but seriously folks, why worry about lead when hoboken soil is full of mercury and chromium? now that sh1t will kill you fast! im guessing that is why hoboken wells stopped being used a long time ago and the water is now pumped from reservoirs.

molly
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molly

“K&E” which is now clock towers was a pencil factory.

escaped68
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K&E made enginering tools and measuring equipment,world famous slide rules way before the computer age. They might have made some speciality pencils but no where near what the 5th st. pencil factory made. There were 3 bldgs in the K&E complex at one time. The clock tower was the office bldg.

In response to molly who said:
“K&E” which is now clock towers was a pencil factory.

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