Shepherdstown Community Club’s Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea May 17 & 18

The Shepherdstown Community Club will sponsor its 17th annual Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea on May 17 & 18, featuring a self guided walking tour of more than a dozen private gardens that are rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea. Garden Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 17 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday May 18. The teas are offered  from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. each day at the War Memorial Building (German & King streets).

Admission to both the Tour &Tea for the weekend is $20 per person through May 14, and $25 after that. The Shepherdstown Community Clubsponsors this event, and all proceeds are used to support two important community resources the Club owns: the historic War Memorial Building that is used for community events and the town park, Morgan’s Grove Park. 

To buy advance Tour &Tea tickets and obtain more information go to

Tickets are also on sale in Shepherdstown at the Sweet Shop, Four Seasons Books, and the Village Florist (all on German Street)  and Yarnability on South Duke Street. During the May 17-18 weekend, tickets will also be available at the War Memorial Building.

The Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea is part of Shepherdstown’s weekend GardenFest, with many other free garden-related activities: demonstrations and exhibits about composting, beekeeping, raising chickens, indoor gardening, flower arranging, a farmer’s market both days, along with displays by local artists and potters, sidewalk sales by local merchants, access to local historic sites, live music, children’s events, and special spring menus at many local restaurants.

Gardens and all other weekend activities open rain or shine.

Incorporated in 1762, Shepherdstown has many fine 18th- and early 19th-century homes. Some of the Garden Tour gardens will be located on the grounds of these homes. 

For glimpses of some of the gardens, go to

For details about these  activities, and information about parking locations in the town, go to the Shepherdstown Visitor’s Center web site at or contact Jan Hafer at 304-876-2786. On Facebook, go to