visit may 11! tours, lecture, plant sale

April 29 Margaret Roach gardenGARDEN OPEN DAYS start at my place in Columbia County, New York, on Saturday, May 11, when this slow spring promises lots of early goodies that would normally have gone by. Make a day of it: Reserve your ticket now for a morning organic fruit-growing lecture by Lee Reich, plus an afternoon grafting workshop—and an all-day plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery is also on tap. The details:

may 11 schedule of events

  • Garden open 10 AM to 4 PM, $5 suggested donation to the Garden Conservancy; directions and details.
  • Grow Fruit Naturally lecture by Lee Reich, 11 AM; reserve tickets here (proceeds benefit Friends of Taconic State Park). Lecture is a 2-minute drive from the garden.
  • Hands-on Grafting Workshop with Lee Reich, 2-4:30 PM; take home your own grafted pear tree; reserve tickets here.
  • Plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery, 10 AM to 4 PM, in my driveway. (Special orders also accepted in advance for delivery that day; contact Broken Arrow directly to arrange.)
  1. Linda L Smith says:

    So excited…was hopping that your mosaic underplantings would still be in bloom.
    Will have an extreme case of the ooh’s and aah’s. Hope to catch a glimpse of the frog boys & girls and Jack too..

  2. Fay says:

    Margaret, Please help if you can! I need a climbing vine, preferably flowering, but if not, one with interesting foliage that can grow in complete shade. I’d love to order ahead from Broken Arrow so I can pick it up on the 11th. If you could come up with a solution to this problem I would be eternally grateful.
    Thank you!

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Fay. Some foliage stars come to mind: Decumeria, Schizophragma, Aristolochia. Why not call Broken Arrow and see what they recommend?

  3. Deb O. says:

    I am so excited to be coming from Chicago to tour your garden this weekend. I have been following your blog, reading your books and generally have been so influenced by your garden and expertise for so many years. It is a dream come true and Mother’s day gift to myself!

  4. Toni says:

    Am hugely disappointed that I have a conflict. Tell me when your garden is open to guests the next time, hopefully soon. THX!

  5. Maureen says:

    For years I have wanted to go and this year I am going. So excited for the plant sale too! Clearing out the minvan and putting all the seats down to make room for all my new goodies! Hope the weather forecast improves. Margaret, I am looking for something for the corner of the front of my house, a nice specimen tree or bush, part shade/part sun. Any suggetions and I’ll call ahead. I was thinking of a stewardia maybe?

  6. Dawn says:


    Love your site!
    This is not a gardening question but what camera do you use? These are your photos, yes? Your photos are always crisp and color bright.
    Thanks and keep the beauty flowing!

  7. Helen says:

    Wish I could see your garden in person! I’m in Mass. and can’t get there this year. I’ve already seen it on the pages of MS Living, and go back to that issue many times to “tour” your garden again. I especially like your choice of colors, and that big patch of hellebores. And I love your description of how you started with certain ideas of what you wanted to do, then finally let the land tell you the right way to go.

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