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Home, gardens on fundraising tour

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Tom and Pat Rice’s garden is built around a working scale model train that runs throughout their yard in North Vernon.

That unique garden is one of the features of this year’s 2014 Town and Country Home and Gardens Tour.

The tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29. It features two sites in North Vernon, two in Vernon and one outside Butlerville.

“We have something different every year, and I think this year will be especially unique,” said Chris Asher, curator of the Jennings County Historical Society Museum. “There will be some very new and creative ideas at each of the gardens.

I think people will find it interesting whether you are a gardener or not.”

Judy and Steve Malone’s home and garden in Vernon and Max and Susan Hill’s home and garden near Butlerville will be open to ticket holders. Lunch will be available at the Hill home.

North Vernon’s St. Vincent Jennings Hospital will join the fun by opening its Serenity Gardens and Labyrinth for the tour.

Though not usually open on the weekend, Karen and John Branham will open their Historic Tea Room in Vernon during the tour hours of operation. Tea and dessert will be available.

“We are just so fortunate to have historic homes and gardens this year,” Asher said.

The Jennings County Historical Society Museum and surrounding gardens also will be open during the tour hours.

Tickets for the 2014 Town and Country Home and Gardens Tour cost $12 and go on sale beginning Wednesday at the Jennings County Historical Society Museum. They can be purchased in advance at the museum, 134 Brown St. in Vernon, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and also at the museum on the days of the tours.

The Town and Country Home and Gardens Tour is an annual fundraising event, and all proceeds from ticket sales are used to help fund the operations of the Jennings County Historical Society Museum.

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