072813 The Gardens at Lucknow Star in Monday Walk at Castle in the Clouds (300)

LACONIA — Historic Gardens is the topic of the the Monday, July 29 walk, in the Walks and Talks series at Castle in the Clouds and will feature the gardens of Lucknow. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Michael Desplaines, Executive Director of the Castle in the Clouds operation, will lead attendees to the well known, and less well known corners of the Lucknow property and talk about the place of gardens and landscape plantings in the early 20th century and of the Gardens at Lucknow in particular.

Walks and Talks are so popular that reservations are a must and participation is limited. There is a $5, free for Friends of the Castle. Call 476-5900 x 500 to make reservations and for any special directions. Walks and Talks is sponsored by Mill Falls at the Lake.

The current Carriage House Art Gallery exhibit, "Impressions of New Hampshire, the Summits to the Shoals," assembled by New Hampshire Fine Art, features 37 stunning paintings of New Hampshire from the seacoast to the mountains. The classic 19th century paintings from the White Mountain, Hudson River and Boston Schools of paintings, are paired with contemporary New England views by nationally recognized painters.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of these paintings will go to the restoration fund at Castle in the Clouds. This Carriage House Art Gallery show will run until August 22 and is sponsored by Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA and Tanger Outlets.

Castle in the Clouds, an historic house museum off Route 171 (455 Old Mountain Road), Moultonborough, is open every day through October 27. The main gate is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buildings close at 5:30 p.m. and grounds at 6 p.m., except for special events and programs. Visit the web site (www.castleintheclouds.org) or call 476-5900 x500 for directions, information on admissions and on the Friends of the Castle membership, giving discounts on some special events.