Tuxedo Garden Wins Big at Kitchen Garden Tour


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Over 100 garden peepers hit the road on Sunday, August 13th, for Dirt’s 4th annual Kitchen Garden Tour. By day, they hopped from garden to garden, learning tips and tricks from local backyard food growers throughout Orange and Sussex Counties. When the evening rolled around, gardeners and tour-goers met up at Mohawk House for a celebration complete with live music, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres from 5 Spoke Creamery, Get Juiced, Naked Flock, Angry Orchard, Windy Brow Farms, and Mohawk House.

Upon arrival, ticketholders voted for their favorite gardens and left hand written comments about their favorite veggie patches.

Karen and John Bower’s garden in Tuxedo cinched fourth place for “Best Overall Garden.” Peepers were shown a bountiful kitchen garden with beds made with Mayan-esque stone beds, which John built himself stone by stone—and a shockingly large tobacco worm that was found in their veggie patch.

The win was met with cheers for both the gardeners and the worm.

Other winners include:

3rd Place, Best Overall: Frank Hennion, Franklin NJ

2nd Place, Best Overall: Paula and Jerome Spector, Chester NY

1st Place, Best Overall: Dick and Sally Huey, Warwick NY

2nd Place, Best Community Garden: West Milford Organic Community Garden

Best Community Garden: Warwick Community Garden

Most Hospitable: Michael and Erin Andersen, Warwick NY

Gardeners and ticketholders alike enjoyed a jam-packed day. “This was my second year with the tour and I so appreciate what you do,” Marion Loila told Dirt magazine. “I have great takeaways from each stop.”

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