THERE IS NOTHING quite so odd, or informative, as watching people wander around your backyard and point to things you’ve never really noticed yourself. What a wakeup call it is to see though new eyes. That’s what I’ll be doing May 11, June 1 and August 17 when I host Garden Conservancy Open Days as I have for 16 years. On each date, a plant sale by irresistible Broken Arrow Nursery and lectures and workshops by visiting experts are scheduled to entice you to come make a day of it—plus other Garden Conservancy properties are open nearby my Hudson Valley, New York, garden. Will you join us? Details:
saturday, may 11
Garden open from 10-4; $5 suggested donation to the Garden Conservancy, no reservations required. Broken Arrow Nursery plant sale in my driveway, 10-4. 11 AM lecture just down the road on “Backyard Fruit Simplified” by Lee Reich (reserve tickets here); 2 PM grafting workshop by Lee Reich (tickets here). (Plus: one other Garden Conservancy property open nearby.)
saturday, june 1
Garden open from 10-4; $5 suggested donation to the Garden Conservancy, no reservations required. Broken Arrow Nursery plant sale in my driveway, 10-4. (Plus: three other Garden Conservancy properties open nearby.)
saturday, august 17
Garden open from 10-4; $5 suggested donation to be shared by the Garden Conservancy and Friends of Taconic State Park, no reservations required. My Open Day in August is part of a townwide celebration called Copake Falls Day. Broken Arrow Nursery plant sale in my driveway, 10-4. 11 AM lecture on “The Heirloom Life” by The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, just down the road (for ticket sales, click here). (Plus: four other Garden Conservancy properties open nearby.)
- Get details for getting here on my page on the Garden Conservancy website, along with information about other open gardens on each date.
visit gardens nationwide
LEARN ABOUT the Garden Conservancy and its nearly 20-year-old nationwide Open Days program on their website, where you can also order the 2013 directory and discounted tickets. Suggested in-person donation is $5 at each garden, but tickets are 6 for $25 if pre-ordered, or 6 for $15 to Conservancy members. Nearly a million people have visited about 3,000 private gardens since the program began.