Thursday, May 29, 2008

How to See Beautiful Private Gardens: The Garden Conservancy's Open Days

As a follow-up to my prior post about the Garden Conservancy, I was excited to read about their upcoming Open Days. Valerie Sudol of the Star-Ledger writes:

"The Open Days program kicks off on May 31 in New Jersey, when a garden in Somerset County and another in Hunterdon County throw open the gates to visitors.

River Run Farm in Bedminster is a horse farm estate dating to the 1920s, with formal gardens designed in 1980 by John Smith. These include a walled pool garden, a wisteria-draped gazebo, woodland and courtyard gardens, and a vast collection of shade-loving plants.

Woodlove, a garden in Glen Gardner, was created over a 30-year period and includes perennial gardens, collections of fern and hosta species, and a stream terminating in a frog pond. The six-acre property has been divided into "garden rooms," each with its own character.

The Open Days program continues through Sept. 6, with visits scheduled to gardens in Essex, Bergen and Union counties."

Hopefully, when we're not going to ballet or baseball, we can make some of the ones in New Jersey. They are also taking place in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. For the complete schedule, check out the Garden Conservancy's website.

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