The beauty of Quincy in early summer will be easily seen on Quincy Preserves “Behind the Garden Gate” tour taking place Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour is being held in conjunction with the MidSummer Arts Faire.  

Refreshments will be available in one of the gardens during the tour. Tickets are $10 and will be for sale Friday, June 26 at the Midsummer Arts Faire information tent in Washington Park, on the Quincy Preserves web site ( and at each of the homes the day of the tour. Those addresses are: 1501, 1505 Kentucky, 1461 Maine, 224 South 24th Street, 230 S. 24th Street and 2000 Jersey. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Quincy Preserves Scholarship Fund along with the Façade Program.

Each of the homes on this tour feature gardens that were artistically planted and maintained by the homeowners themselves and are not entirely professionally landscaped. This offers tour goers a wide variety of personal tastes unique to each garden.

Most of the homes have their garden area located in their back yards and are not readily visible to the public which creates a “secret garden” type of area making this tour a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those attending. This up close and personal tour features a wide variety of plants, some common and others unusual.

Many gardens have water elements that provide the soothing noise that also gives a cooling effect on a summer afternoon. Music and wind chimes are available in other gardens offering another audio element.

Several of the homes have beautiful decks and patios that provide an outdoor room during the spring, summer and fall. Patio furniture, lighting and decorations give these outdoor spaces an inviting and relaxing appeal perfect for entertaining or just relaxing on a beautiful day.

Make plans to visit these beautiful treasures of Quincy! For additional information, please contact Deb Davis at 217-223-3306.