For the first time, a number of gardens, porches and backyards in Hillsboro will be open to the public as the centerpiece of the town’s inaugural Gardens in the Gap event. The proceeds will support the preservation of Hillsboro’s 1874 Old Stone School.

“Gardens in the Gap will become Hillsboro’s signature springtime event offering visitors the opportunity to venture into some of the town’s gardens, backyards and porches, and to peruse the works of some of the region’s leading artisans, landscapers and garden suppliers,” Mayor Roger Vance stated.

The special weekend will kick off with a Friday night Eat, Drink & Be Literary! event focusing on the gardens at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Peter Hatch, longtime director of the gardens and grounds at Monticello and author of “A Rich Spot of Earth: The Revolutionary Gardens of Monticello,” and Marc Leepson, author of “Saving Monticello,” will speak on the Old Stone School’s Gap Stage.

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