Secret Gardens Tour & Plant Sale—Your Key to West Chester’s Private Gardens

Join us for the 14th Annual Secret Gardens Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Are you a garden enthusiast in search of vibrant seasonal color, landscaping authenticity and gardening inspiration? Our annual Secret Gardens Tour provides the opportunity to explore exclusive private gardens in the northwest section of the Borough of West Chester. In addition to celebrating local home owners and their creativity, visit our plant sale and grab a bite to eat at the Haute Wheels food truck.

According to Renee Talley, owner of the landscaping company Flowers & More, the event’s presenting sponsor, "One of the most intriguing aspects of this event is that you see gardening ideas on the tour that are obtainable for the local gardener.”

Since its inception, the Secret Gardens Tour has generated $225,000 in support of our horticultural therapy program at Barclay Friends. Our program offers all residents many therapeutic benefits including providing a sense of purpose; improving use of fine and gross motor skills through working in raised beds and flower arranging; awakening the senses; and giving back to the local community by growing food for the Chester County Food Bank.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.

Please note, tickets purchased online before noon on August 27th will be mailed along with a tour booklet to the address given when the tickets were purchased.
Tickets purchased online after noon on Monday, August 27th will not be mailed. They can be picked up at Barclay Friends during normal business hours leading up to the tour or starting at 10:00am on the day of the tour.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Save-the-Date Postcard Error

7/31/2018: Due to a printing error, the 2017 save-the-date postcard was recently mailed rather than the 2018 postcard. We are working on correcting this as soon as possible and a revised card will be mailed promptly. We apologize for this error.

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Click here for a pdf of tour FAQ


Thank You 2018 Sponsors:

Flowers and More, Inc.

ABC Hearing Net


Frens and Frens, LLC Restoration Architects

Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.

Longwood Gardens

M.R. Cockerham Painting Contractors, Inc.

Martha and Richard Coyle

Natural Gardens and Lawns, Inc.


Ron Madden

Sallie and David Jones

StanAb, LP

Stephanie S. Swope L.L.C.

The American Consortium for Education

Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc.

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, P.C.

Warfel Construction Company


Wells Fargo

West Chester Agway




Committee Members Include:

Jennifer Gusz Dickerson, Chair; Mary Barrett; Cheryl Bjornson; Susan Frens; Elsabet Haile; Mark Hess; Sallie Jones; Mary Letzkus; Barbara McClure Moses; Kathy Miller; Amanda Reynolds; Sharon Richardson; Linda Sterthous; Lee Ann Sullivan and Faith Woodward.