Gardens abound on the annual Milton tour

Attendees of the 2023 Milton Garden Tour were welcomed into the backyards of seven neighbors on September 17, each bringing their own unique style.

The Nordheimer Law Office displayed its colorful sidewalk gardens along Federal and Mill Streets, as well as a beautiful backyard featuring raised beds for vegetables and herbs. On the front porch of the Victorian-style home, local musician Al Frantic and artist Liz Miceli provided an artistic complement. Mary Noland also welcomed guests with Zolo Shadow Box Art.

Just a few doors away, Jolene Isham opened up the backyard of her 200-year-old home. Many of the gardens have been sprinkled with intricate detail, and many seating areas offer unique views. Isham is joined by mixed media artist Joan Sabato.

In Cannery Village, Brick Lane resident Sharon Burton showed just how much one can do in a tight lot, creating a small but adaptable backyard while using every possible space in just a few feet between her house and the side yard fence. The front of the house opens up allowing more space to showcase the beautiful gardens.

From there, the tour moved up Cave Neck Road to the communities of Vincent Overlook and Overbrook Shores.

At Vincent Overlook, Debbie Dubay and Michael Teare created a welcoming environment in the backyard that overlooks a community pond. Unique flowers and plants complement the decorative back porch and functional patio. Along the side of the house, herbs and spices are mixed, each labeled with a decorative ID card.

The first two South Mill Run homes are located in the Overbrook Shores community on the shore of Red Mill Pond. Homeowners Stephen Bergin and Brian Kilar used the space to create a tucked-in skeleton party for the upcoming Halloween season as well as their own private beach with a pair of Adirondack chairs on a private dock. Many decorative bicycles and other features are carefully designed into the landscape surrounding the house. Author Karen Carpenter and plein air artist Jerry Gaskill displayed their work to visitors.

Down the street, Bill and Nancy Kulick created a picturesque scene featuring a variety of beautiful front yard trees surrounded by gardens of colorful flowers. A split fence adds to an attractive landscape. Local surf ceramics by Bethany Tindall, artist Diane Albanese and Gords from Heather also welcomed guests.

The final house on the tour offered visitors a peek into the backyard of Wendy and Mark Kayal’s home on East Mill Drive. Located along one end of Red Mill Pond, the home has a private dock and backyard designed for socializing, with a fire pit area and covered gazebo. Mixed media artist Chet Long and artisan jewelry maker Gene Steck showed off their products to curious shoppers.

Milton Garden Club members welcomed guests to the Milton Historical Society, where they could purchase tickets for the tour, purchase something at the bake and plant sales, or donate food and money to the Milton Food Pantry. For more information, go to

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