Posted by Mary Tarvin Passaro on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 11:58am.




SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

10 AM - 5 PM


The Secret Gardens Tour has become a tradition for garden lovers from near and far. Plan to spend a delightful day with family and friends on a self-guided tour. Each garden is unique and reflects the individual style of the owner.

The beautiful gardens will delight and enchant ticket holders. Their splendor is the result of careful planning and lots of experimentaion.

Whether you are a novice gardener or have years of experience, you'll enjoy these unique public and private gardens in Ridgewood and the historic Cheelcroft section of Ho-Ho-Kus.

Not to be missed - the historic James Rose House and Garden. Constructed in 1953 on an area half the size of a tennis court, Rose described his home as a "tiny village;" a composite of three buildings for himself, his mother and his sister. Here Rose created a unique work of art fusing modern sculpture, architecture and landscape into a single unified place for living. Before his death in 1991, Rose planned the establishment of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design - a living demonstration of his approach to design as a never-ending process of change and development. The Center now serves as the headquarters of a non-profit educational foundation.

The entry fee is being generously waived by the Center for our ticket holders. Tickets will be on sale at local stores in Ridgewood after April 20th . Maps are included on the ticket. All tickets must be picked up at the Ridgewood Public Library on Saturday, June 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm OR Sunday, June 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm.

All pre-ordered box lunches must be picked up on Sunday, June 3rd between 11 am and 2 pm at Catch-y Cafe, 614 North Maple Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus, dine-in or take-out.

For more information or questions, visit  or the  The Women Gardeners Facebook Page.


After April 20th Tickets may be purchased using PayPal through The Womens Gardners Of Ridgewood Website: or by mailing a check to “WGR”, P.O. Box 357, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07451. Please include your name, address, email, phone number and number of tickets and box lunches.

All tickets are tax deducible.  All sales final; no refunds.

Advance ticket sales through May 24th : $30 per person

Ticket Sales after May 25th: $35 per person

Box Lunch $14 per person, Each includes quinoa salad, fruit,cookie, water and choice of:

  • Turkey & brie Sandwich
  • Tarragon Chicken Salad Werp
  • Hummus & Fresh Veggie Wrap

Proceeds from this tour directly support The Women Gardenrs of Ridgewood ongoing projects in the village, including:

  • GREEN KIDS, a Junior Program (Grade 3-5), which meets to explore and discover nature, science, gardening and the environment.
  • The GREEN KIDS Garden at the Stable
  • Scholoraship Awards for Ridgewood High School SEniors.
  • Planting and maintaining public gardens at the Ridgewood Library, Van Neste Square in the business district and Habernickel Family Park.
  • Holiday decorating in Van Neste Square
  • Restoration of the landscape at the War Memorial in Van Neste Square

The Tour is organized by a team of volunteers from The Womens Gardeners of Ridgewood. Volunteer docents will be on hand to guide vistors through the gardens.

The Women Gardeners of Ridgewood is led by President Jennifer Given and the event this year is chaired by Maria Gilosa along with co-chairs Lisa Betancourt, Toni Cohen and Sharon Gilsenan, all of whom have the important task of making the garden selections.

Be sure to visit the Stable for refreshments and shopping. We will have the Potting Shed, a variety of pop-up shops and plant sale.


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