Open Days Program
Bernard Trainor/Jason Liske
The Hothem Garden
The Garden Conservancy's Open Day Program
Link to Open Days below
Garden at Paradise Drive
An Atherton Garden
It's that time of year, as the Open Days Program of The Garden Conservancy kicks off, providing entree to 300 private gardens, spread-out over 23 states.
On view: the work of visionary designers and the dedicated garden hosts who take pleasure in sharing their personal sanctuaries. Expect a refreshing variety of innovative styles and traditions, from sleek architectural designs to a focus on sinuous, organic shapes, or a finely detailed formality.
Garden schemes may braid together exuberant plant collections, illuminate the perfect placement of ornaments, or reveal structured displays where graceful terraces give way to breath-taking views.
It may be difficult to prey yourself away from the artistry of these arcadian retreats, where the "garden maker..... collaborates with nature to create their own personal paradise here on earth," as Diane Turner, publisher of Garden Design magazine, says in the Foreword to the Open Days Directory.
The first date in the 2009 Calendar is April 18 in Birmingham, Alabama. You can order an Open Days Directory, and view the 2009 schedule of events, at:
The Garden Conservancy is a wonderful organization, deserving of the gardening community's support. Visit the web site to learn more about preservation projects, lectures/seminars, and upcoming events.