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Tour estate gardens, grounds with Blennerhassett gardener

Did you know that the Blennerhassetts had an Orangery containing exotic fruit trees on the Island? Their famous Pleasure or Flower Garden was 2 1/3 acres in size and the 1802 Dairy produced thousands of pounds of cheese for sale downriver. In a new outdoor program their English gardener, “Mr. Peter Taylor,” will explain to the Island visitors about the Gardens and Grounds that he oversees for the Blennerhassett family and which helped establish the Island’s fame. This new educational tour will be held at 12:45 p.m. and again at 2:45 p.m Saturday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 28. Cost is $5.00 for adults.

The program begins with a first person presentation from Mr. Peter Taylor, the gardener, as portrayed by Dick Hartley in costume. As volunteer Blennerhassett educators, Dick and Martha Hartley have researched and developed this new program. During this tour, participants will learn what gardens and other period building existed as part of the Blennerhassett Estate in 1806. Their actual locations and some possible locations will be explored. Details and features of the Orchard, the Kitchen Garden, and the Pleasure Garden will be shared.

“We are excited about this educational offering. Our park visitors have another opportunity to learn about the Blennerhassetts and the island,” says Craig Pyles, park superintendent. Call the museum at 304-420-4800 for more information and ticket reservations. A program handout with garden renderings will be provided. The program is about one hour in length. There will be chairs under shade trees at each tour stop. Space is limited and this is a rain or shine event, but mansion porches will be available in a heavy downpour.

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