Troy’s 17th Annual Hidden Garden Tour preview

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Thursday is your chance to see some creative and unique gardens. It’s the 17th Annual Hidden Garden Tour in Troy.

It’s your opportunity to explore private backyard gardens in Troy and benefits ongoing projects in Prospect Park.

You might be surprised by what you’ll see in private gardens downtown Troy. Thursday is your opportunity to find hidden treasures and meet neighbors.

If you step through a gate on Third Street near Russell Sage College, you will notice a waterfall garden, complete with a koi pond. Owner Alan Danforth didn’t let the lack of sun in this spot keep him from creating.

“I built this because I could not grow grass. I was an expert on growing moss but I could not gross grass so I started this hobby, and it turned out to be a little paradise,” said Alan Danforth, garden owner.

A block away, perennials fill Emily Mann’s garden.

“I’ve transformed this from basically clay, all shade, and beer bottles trash to a place that is something that draws my neighbors in, is a sanctuary for my tenants. It’s nice to be able to look out onto flowers,” she said.

The hidden garden tour was created 17 years ago to bring awareness to “Friends of Prospect Park.”

“The unique part of all of this is you get to peek into people’s lives and see the different personalities and the true Live-ability of living in downtown Troy,” said President Peter Grimm..

Joyce and John Chupka are also opening their garden for visitors.

“So many of the plants here were given to us by those who enjoyed watching us grow a garden in the city,” said Joyce.

Guests check in at the Russell Sage parking lot on First Street and will be given a map for a self-guided tour of 35 gardens.

The 17th Annual Hidden Garden Tour is Thursday 4 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information and tickets Click Here.

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