FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE: The Village of Gardens

At the turn of the century, in the 1900’s Warwick had established itself as a community known for its beauty and traditional country life. Described as the “Queen Village,” it also was called “The Village of Homes” because of the many striking residential structures large and small. Those names remain and another can surely be added “The Village of Gardens” or even better the larger swath of our town, “A Valley of Gardens.”

We’ve begun the high season for flowering plants, annuals, and perennials as well as the bounty of fruits and vegetables. None of this beauty could be had without the active engagement of folks who love growing plants and love sharing the fruition of their work. The Warwick Valley Gardeners celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and no other group has had the consistent impact on the visual beauty of our community. The group is made up of some 80 plus volunteers, men and women. They maintain nine gardens, mostly in the Village but also in the Town. They are active all year long, not only with the incredible Spring and Summer floral displays but as well through the Fall Harvest and Holiday Season. The work that they do creates an environment of safety and beauty which defines our Village. It has become the Warwick that visitors have grown to love and expect and is the reason many return or decide to settle here. Besides all the digging and planting, the Warwick Valley Gardeners do educational programs, scholarship initiatives, a youth gardeners’ program, a therapy gardening program and educate the importance of pollinator gardens and native plants, all part of their mission and commitment to the community.

Saturday, July 9th will be the 28th Annual Countryside Garden Tour. The tour is self-guided, and tickets and maps are available from 9am to 4pm at Railroad Green. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the restoration of this beloved village park that is maintained by the gardeners. It is part of the tour and for good reason, designed by Garden Author, Ken Druse, it has been lovingly cared for and enhanced over the 20-year period. With the addition of new plants and a remarkable water feature by Garden State Koi, the park is the green oasis in the middle of our bustling Village. The tour will include gardens throughout the town and I’m sure you will be surprised and wowed at the hidden gems you’ll discover. If you want to be part of this wonderful organization or want to learn more, go to their website

Not a plant person but love a bargain? The Warwick Merchant’s Guild will be hosting Picker’s Paradise throughout the downtown business district this Saturday, July 9th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 10th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s an eclectic street fair and sidewalk sale. Lots of fun!

On Saturday evening, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. Emish will be performing their high energy Gallic influenced music on Railroad Green. A favorite group, loved by many – get there early to get a good spot!