Bermuda visitors welcome to traipse through gardens

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Starting May 1, visitors to Bermuda will be able to walk through the private homes and gardens of island residents -- without getting arrested for trespassing -- during the Open Houses and Gardens Tours.

The tours will operate from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

An annual fund-raising event for the Garden Club of Bermuda, the tours offer visitors the opportunity to experience two of Bermuda's most important art forms, as reflected in the architecture of island homes and the color and scents of their gardens.

Located in a variety of settings throughout the island, a dozen or so private properties are expected to open their doors to visitors.

Bermuda's homes range from 19th century estates furnished in rich mahogany and set among palms, cedars and Bermuda roses, to hillside hideaways offset by terraced gardens.

Two or three homes and their gardens are showcased each week. Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for children. Groups of 15 or more pay $12 per person.

Tickets will be on sale at the participating homes.

For more information, call the Bermuda Department of Tourism at (800) 223-6106 or visit www.bermudatourism.com.

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