The annual Secret Gardens Tour benefiting the New Canaan Nature Center will take place June 8.

The popular tour is a fundraiser for the New Canaan Nature Center and an opportunity for homeowners, gardeners and anyone who appreciates the beauty of the outdoors to be inspired by several outstanding garden settings. The self-guided tour takes place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., allowing attendees to visit the gardens at their own pace and on their own schedule.

This year's tour will feature a variety of New Canaan gardens representing the past, present and future of landscape design. Gardens will include historic estates with meandering garden "rooms," newly designed and transformed landscapes and grounds incorporating the latest sustainable practices and plantings. In addition to hundreds of varieties of annuals and perennials, attendees will see a wide variety of specimen trees, unique water features, and woodland gardens.

Elise Landscapes & Nursery and the Bank of New Canaan are the lead sponsors of the tour.

"The Secret Gardens Tour is a New Canaan tradition that we are thrilled to support, and we see this as an opportunity to reach out to those who are passionate about garden design and appreciate spectacular landscaping," Mark Hicks of Elise Landscapes said.

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Tour tickets are $75 including lunch, or $50 for the tour only. The tour lunch will be available at the New Canaan Nature Center or to take and enjoy while touring the gardens. The lunch is sponsored by Hobbs, Inc., Austin, Patterson, Disston and Devore Associates. Tour tickets will be $60 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the nature center, by calling 203-966-9577 ext. 50, or online at starting May 1.