Ever want to see what’s on the other side of the hedge?
Find out if the grass really is greener?
Well, every year you can…just join in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. I do!
The Garden Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and sustain America’s gardens for the education & enjoyment of the public.
In furtherance of this mission, the Open Days program was started in 1995 to spread the garden preservation message by providing access to some of America’s most distinguished private gardens. The funds from the tours go toward the preservation of public gardens for all our enjoyment.
Distinguished does not always mean huge & fanciful. While some of the gardens are grand often there are smaller gardens on the tour. From these a gardener can really get some wonderful ideas to implement at home. Take a look at some of the gardens from last year’s tours here.
I snap photos & jot down names of plants every year. As soon as I arrive home I am planning how to use what I learned in my own garden.
This year the Open Days Program kicks off on April 19th and runs until November 1, 2014. I am lucky enough to have two open days nearby, Pasadena 4/27 & Los Angeles 5/10. Come take a look at what I experienced last year on the LA tour by clicking here.
I know you would really enjoy the tours so check here to get the schedule of dates. Crossing my fingers there is one close to you. If not make a road trip to see a tour. Come on out here & we can go together!
I leave you with these words, as I did in my Open Days post last year…
Everything that slows us down & forces patience,
Everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace.
May the grace be with you!
** Kelly **
Photo 1 – Credit Gordon Hayward.
Photo 2 – Credit Anthony Exter.
Photo 3 – Credit Linda Oyama Bryan and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects.
Photo 5 – Credit Michael Moran-Moran Studio.
Photo 6 – Credit C. Donnelly.