Bayard Taylor Memorial Library
Home and Garden Tour
Each spring the Library's Special Events Committee hosts its major fundraiser, Home and Garden Day. This self-guided tour showcases some of the most exquisite residences in our area, focusing on a separate part of southern Chester County each year. The volunteer members of the Events Committee select a wonderful mix of modern and colonial homes, grand hillside estates, and charming tucked-away cottages, sprawling formal gardens tended by professionals, and pocket-sized patches of flowers.
In addition to the enchanting settings, tourgoers can also enjoy food samples from local restaurants and caterers. Local florists donate marvelous flower arrangements, carefully chosen to match the homes' decor. Visitors can watch some of the area's finest artists painting in a few of the gardens each year, and sometimes there is even a local band playing. These "extras", in addition to the tour's convenient scale and knowledgeable guides, have attracted a faithful following who return year after year. To ensure that visitors can enjoy a carefree day, the Events Committee volunteers manage a myriad of details, from making contingency plans for rain to recruiting parking helpers to direct cars up long driveways.
Thanks to the generosity of the homeowners and local merchants who donate their services and products, since its inception in the early 1990s the tour has raised substantial and much-needed funds for the library's children's programs.
To receive a brochure for next spring's tour, please e-mail your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 610-444-2702.