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, just as you can. Here’s the how-to.
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 evenings. How I designed this oasis on a shoestring budget.
In late spring, the Serpentine’s third terrace features the phlox subulata and dwarf lilacs in full, fragrant bloom. How (and why) I designed this garden.
The Kitchen Garden. Here, twelve raised beds form a “living supermarket.” Click here to see 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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