~ Hidden Gardens of Watch Hill ~

A Tour of Eight Gardens Surrounding Foster Cove

This year’s garden tour, Hidden Gardens of Watch Hill, will take place over the course of three days, July 18th - July 20th. We’ll kick off the event with a cocktail party with sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, followed by two days of lectures by esteemed designers, David Monn, Shirley Beuth and Laura Dowling, and walking tours of 8 lovely local gardens.

Shuttle service will be available to those who require assistance. 

Calendar of Events:

  • Wednesday, July 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: 

    • Cocktail Reception & Conversations with sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard (http://www.ursulavonrydingsvard.net/)

    • Location: The McWilliams Residence, Sunset Hill, 5 Aquidneck Avenue, Watch Hill.

  • Thursday, July 19th:

    • 9:00 am: Lectures by David Monn (http://davidmonn.com/): Architect of Style and Event Planner Extraordinaire, “Entertaining in the Garden.” and Shirley Beuth: Principal, Fleures, Inc., “Garden Design.”

    • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Gardens will be open for touring.

  • Friday, July 20th:

    • 9:00 am: Lecture by Laura Dowling: Former White House Chief Floral Designer, “The Ultimate Floral Arrangement.”

    • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Gardens will be open for touring.

  • Lunch will be offered each day. Reservations details below.

Tickets for the event are available as follows:

  • Lectures and Tours package: $50.00

  • Cocktail Party, Lectures & Tours package: $100.00


** Online registration has closed** 

Tickets for the Hidden Gardens of Watch Hill 2018 Tour and Lectures will be available for purchase at One Bay Street Center on Friday, July 20 from 9AM - 2PM.


Important Information for Ticket Holders:

  • Entry Bracelets: Ticket holders should check in at the Cockail Party or at Registration at 1 Bay St in order to pick up their entry bracelets and event details. Registration will be open from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm each day. This bracelet provides access to the lectures and gardens and should be worn for the duration of the event.

  • Lunch Details: A Prix Fix lunch will be offered July 19th and 20th in the Club Room and Terrace at the Ocean House. Please call Lauren DiStefano at the Ocean House, 401.584.7056, for a reservation.

  • Walking Tour: While this this event is intended to be a walking tour of the gardens, a shuttle service is available to those who would like assistance.


All proceeds benefit WHMLIS Children’s Programs and the Expanded Beautification of the Village of Watch Hill.

Pay By Mail

Please make checks payable to:

$100.00 for Cocktail Party, Lectures and Tour
$50.00 for Lectures and Tour

Make note in the memo for “Garden Tour

Send to:
Treasurer, WHMLIS
PO Box 1451
Westerly, RI 02891