Local gardens win big during Dirt magazine's fifth annual garden tour

02 Aug 2018 | 04:47

SPARTA, N.J. — The rain broke just in time for Dirt magazine’s fifth annual Kitchen Garden Tour this past Sunday, July 29.
More than 150 garden peepers set out for a jam-packed day of exploring backyard veggie patches. Some set out caravanning on their own, map-in-hand, to visit the 12 gardens on display this year.
Others hopped on Dirt mag’s bus for an exclusive tour led by editor Becca Tucker.
After the gardens closed their gates at 5 p.m., ticket holders and gardeners alike met up at farm-to-table restaurant Mohawk House in Sparta Township, N.J., for the after party, where everyone kicked back to enjoy live music, beer and wine, share experiences and tips, and vote for their favorite gardens.
NotablesWhen the votes were tallied, a few local gardens were recognized as this year’s winners:
• First Place Best Kitchen Garden: Frank Hennion of Franklin, N.J.
• Second Place Best Kitchen Garden: April and Rocco Perciballi of Lafayette, N.J.
• Third Place Best Kitchen Garden: Karen and John Bower, of Tuxedo, N.Y.
• Fourth Place Best Kitchen Garden: Bob and Rose Wolverton, of Hamburg, N.J.
• First Place Best Community Garden: West Milford Organic Community Garden
• Second Place Best Community Garden: Sparta Community Garden
• Most Hospitable: Frank Hennion of Franklin, N.J.
Thank you to Mohawk House, Angry Orchard, Windy Brow, The Farm at Windy Flats, Get Juiced, 5 Spoke Creamery, Shannon’s Eyes on the Pies and all of the gardeners for making this Dirt’s biggest kitchen garden tour yet.