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'Sip 'n' Stroll' garden tour precedes 'My Fair Lady' opening

FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse will kick off its preview opening of My Fair Lady tonight with the annual "Sip 'n Stroll" event starting on the porch of the historic Lowndes House at the Playhouse.

Guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy fine wine and light hors d'oeuvres provided by Just Vino before a tour of the gardens starting at 7.
Led by Master Gardener Tamsin Allpress, the 45-minute tour covers the many native plants found on the grounds of the Playhouse. The event is free for those with tickets to the June 12 performance.
Allpress will guide guests through the different parts of the grounds featuring a rain garden, pollinator garden, woodland garden, native garden, white garden, Harlequin garden, shade garden and the Vagabond Trails garden, which features a topiary of Playhouse founder Robroy Farquhar and his pets Boots and Snodgrass. Allpress will also share facts about the history of the garden, and special featured plants, including a new blight-resistant American chestnut tree. The trees are predominately found in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina's National Forests, but the Playhouse was the first to plant this tree outside of the forest.
Ongoing Sip 'n Stroll opportunities will be offered before the preview performances of Miss Saigon, The Music of James Bond and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. For tickets visit or call (828) 693-0731.