by Ray Bendici
May 7, 2013
08:42 AMUnsteady Habits
The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Directory
Garden fans rejoice: This year's version of The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Directory is now available.
If you're unfamiliar with the directory (free for members of The Garden Conservancy; $21.95 for the general public), it's a guide to the days that private gardens across the United States are open to visitors, as well as a listing of public gardens available in each state. As you might expect, the Connecticut section of the directory is fairly substantial, featuring dozens of open dates and gardens that will be on display, including such gems as renowned Falls Village resident Bunny Williams' garden, which is open on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From the directory:
Interior designer and garden book author Bunny Williams' intensively planted 15-acre estate has a sunken garden with twin perennial borders surrounding a fishpond, a parterre garden, a year-round conservatory filled with tender plants, a large vegetable garden with flowers and herbs, a woodland garden with meandering paths and a pond with a waterfall. There are also a working greenhouse and aviary with unusual chickens and fantail doves. Recent additions include an apple orchard with mature trees, a rustic Greek Revival-style pool house folly and a swimming pool with 18th-century French coping.
Not quite sure how you can "recently" add an entire "apple orchard with mature trees," but I guess that's even more reason to stop by and pay a visit to Bunny's modest-sounding garden.
Also included are listings for some of the state's excellent public gardens, including the Hill-Stead Museum's famous sunken garden in Farmington, the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem and the only garden in the United States designed by famed English horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll, located at the Glebe House in Woodbury.
The directory also covers Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, if you're inclined to go further afield to see great gardens.
For more info, visit gardenconservancy.org.