The Renaissance Center is part of this year's Amherst Historical Society's Garden Tour on Saturday, June 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The center features gardens planted with herbs and flowers and a meadow with views of the hills. This spring, a Renaissance apple orchard, with eight varieties of Renaissance-era apples was planted. Visitors should be sure to walk the Kestrel trail (a loop around the meadow) and the Montague trail, which is in the woods to the front of the center.
Handouts explaining all of the gardens will be available the day of the tour. Free light refreshments will also be provided. The center will be open during the tour with staff on hand to show visitors the collections and provide information about events at the center during the academic year. There will be an indoor exhibit featuring some of the center's most interesting rare and historical books on Renaissance gardening.
The center will also be the site of the end-of-day raffle with drawings at 4 p.m.
The tour happens rain or shine. Visit www.amhersthistory.org
for more information or to purchase tickets. The Renaissance Center is only a venue and does not have tickets for sale.
The center is located at 650 East Pleasant St.