Every year, in late summer, Middlebury Garden Club members tour Addison County homes to prepare their awards for the best in amateur and commercial gardens. These gardens, planted and maintained by their owners, always reflect a wide variety of styles and plantings.
Club members selected 12 unique gardens of members and non-members that are either visible from the street or easily viewable nearby. Where gardens require passing on to private property, permission is obtained to visit.
Garden visits are made in late August and early September. Awards are made in late September. Despite this years dry summer season, many of the 2007 award-winning summer gardens are still lush and performing well in early October.
Club members looking to place awards search for outstanding design, harmony with the local landscape, and an overall contribution to the beauty of a community-at-large or neighborhood.
Some award-winning gardens boasted a unique profusion of blooms such as the Francis family garden in Middlebury spotlighted by its sumptuous petunia beds. This garden is a significant contributor to the suburban beauty of the Brookside Road neighborhood.