I did not open my gardens to the public last summer. Why? Well, I was busy writing recipes and taking photographs for my cookbook (it’s coming — I promise!), and there was precious little time to pull weeds. But this summer will be different. I’ll be open twice! Here are the tour dates, along with pictures of the gardens you’ll visit:
Open Day #1. Saturday, June 25, 10 AM – 4 PM.
Open Day #2. Saturday, August 20, 10 AM – 4 PM.
For tickets, contact the Garden Conservancy.
As promised, here are pictures of some of the gardens you’ll visit (click highlighted text for more pictures and information):
The Boxwood Garden. Would you believe this formal, boxwood- and yew-framed garden was previously an asphalt parking lot? ‘Tis true. I grew most of the boxwood from cuttings, as described in this tutorial.
The Herb Garden. This small, semi-formal garden is located behind the Music Room wing of the house. It’s a terrific place for sipping cocktails on warm summer mornings. I mean evenings. How I designed this oasis on a shoestring budget.
The Serpentine’s third terrace is a spectacle in spring, when the phlox subulata and dwarf lilacs are in bloom. How (and why) I designed this garden.
The Kitchen Garden. The twelve raised beds in this garden serve as my “living supermarket.” In June, the plants will begin their careers. By August they’ll be teeming with fruit. Unless a woodchuck comes to call. The garden’s design details.
The Woodland Garden. This is my favorite place to visit when the weather turns hot and humid. It is filled with Primulas, Polemonium caeruleum, Astilbe, and oodles and oodles of ferns. How I designed this shady retreat.
If you live in or around New York’s Hudson Valley (my home is just 2 hours from NYC), or if you are willing to take a train, plane, or private yacht to get here, I hope you’ll stop by for a visit. The plants and I would love to meet you!
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