"We are grateful the weather lasted" pretty well through the event, Griffith said Monday, indicating that the guests and volunteers quickly left the four homes on tour at the designated 5 p.m. closing time to make sure they could find shelter from the approaching storm. Griffith chaired the event with Karen Malo for the local sponsor, the Garden Club of Gloucester.
Guests were very pleased with the tour, Griffith said, and "they seemed in a good mood despite the windy weather."
She said that guests came from far and near, with many repeat visitors from past tours. Perhaps the visitors who came the farthest were a couple from Holland, Pick van Oeveren and his wife Bea, who were visiting their friend Diana Burton in Mathews.
"We don’t have anything like this there," Bea van Oeveren said while touring the cottage at Creek House at Susan Saturday morning. In her country, she said that private home tours are unheard of, with only public residences such as the royal palace open for viewing.
"This is a wonderful idea," Pick van Oeveren said of being able to tour private homes and gardens.