The Hollister House Garden in Washington will sponsor "Twilight in the Garden" July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A rain date of July 10 is set for the event at 300 Nettleton Hollow Road.

Offerings will include a selection of wines, cheese and hors d'oeuvres, and the viewing of numerous flowering plants.

The garden, which has been a labor of love for resident George Schoellkopf for 32 years, is situated on a 25-acre sloping hillside behind a rambling 18th century farmhouse.

Its intimate outdoor spaces, bordered by dramatic hedges and refined landscaping , are planted with both common and exotic species and open onto vistas.

Hollister House Garden is one of only 16 gardens designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy whose mission is to identify and preserve important and historically significant gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public.

The homestead achieved its listing last year on the National Register of Historic Places and the property was also named a town landmark site by the town of Washington.

Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple, or $17 per member and $30 per member-couple.

Reservations may be made by calling 860-868-2200 or by visiting

The garden is open to visitors Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. through August and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. in September.