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The historic Zoar Garden will be the main stage for presenters during the Beyond the Fences of Zoar Garden Tour and Symposium in the village on June 15. (Historic Zoar Village)

ZOAR – Historic Zoar Village is taking reservations for its “Beyond the Fences of Zoar” Garden Tour and Symposium.

The event will be on Saturday, June 17th, from 9 am to 5 pm with some new features for this year including expanded home and garden presentations, add-on workshops, a luncheon and a tea service at the newly opened Tin Shop Coffee House. 

Tickets are $10 each for the Garden Tour that includes stops at the Historic Zoar Garden and private gardens around the village. The ticket price also includes admission to the symposium, a new butterfly exhibit, and a silent auction of home, garden and lifestyle items. Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour the village’s historic buildings including newly-restored Bimeler House that’s decorated with furniture from Andreas Furniture. Vendors and artisans will also be set up in the Zoar Garden offering unique crafts for the home and garden.

Presentations will include ”Planning Your Perfect Garden Party” by Nathan Paternoster of Pam’s Posies; “Best Books for the Gardener” by Laura Hanna at the Tuscarawas County Public Library, “Worm Composting—Fun With Kids” by Barbara Dewey, Master Gardener from the OSU Extension, “DIY Natural Home Cleaning Products” by Kate Shumaker of the OSU Extension and more. 

Guests can enjoy a catered luncheon at the historic Zoar Schoolhouse, an afternoon tea service, and add-on workshops for an additional cost. 

Tickets are $20 each for the luncheon that will feature a garden party-style menu. Wine will be available by the glass from the School House Winery, and luncheon guests will be treated to violin music by John Whitacre.Lunch seatings are at 11 am and 1 pm. Reservations are due by June 7th.

Workshops include “Creating Your Own Culinary Herb Pot” led by Garden Gurl Heather Parisio and “Creating Your Own Garden Sign” led by Trisha Shamp. The cost is $20 per workshop with reservations due by June 5th.

Afternoon tea service will consist of a selection of fine teas and a freshly baked strawberry scone served at the Tin House Coffee Shop. Guests will hear from owner Melissa DiGirolamo about the process of renovating the original Zoar building the shop is housed in and also will enjoy relaxing piano music. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required by June 5th. 

Reservations can be made by calling 330-874-3011. All proceeds from the event will go toward the preservation of Historic Zoar Village’s garden, buildings and heritage. 

About Historic Zoar Village

Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Zoar’s historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2016. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection. 


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