It’s June and that means the choices for visiting gardens are many. I truly envy those gardeners whose gardens are ready to be viewed. I’d only let people in my garden this month if they came to help weed.
If you do visit a garden this weekend, please keep in mind how much work it takes to get your garden viewer-ready. It’s no small feat to get everything looking good at the same time, especially when you don’t know what the weather will bring.
Below are some of the upcoming garden tours I’ve heard about, with links to find out more about them and any applicable fees or pre-registration. But first I want to mention a workshop that let’s you participate in the fun.
HANDS-in-the-DIRT Workshop – Dividing Iris
Bellefield Garden, Tuesday, June 28, 9 – 11 AM
They mean what they say; you get to help dig and divide iris with Bellefield’s horticulturist, Anne Cleves Symmes. Then stay and enjoy the garden and light refreshments.
Garden Conservancy Open Days in:
Dutchess County, Saturday, June 18th
Litchfield County, CT, Saturday, June 18th
Columbia County, Saturday, June 25th
Dutchess County, Saturday, June 25th
Saturday, June 18th – Spencertown Academy Hidden Garden Tour
Includes gardens in Spencertown and Kinderhook, NY, with a bonus public garden, Steepletop, the garden of Edna St. Vincent Millay, in Austerlitz.
There will also be a continental breakfast that morning with a talk on deer resistant plants, by Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery.
Their annual Twilight in the Garden Party is the night before, June 17.
Saturday, June 18th – Woodstock Garden Tour
Pick up your maps at the Shakespeare Stage, at the Bird-on-a-Cliff Theatre, then take your time on this self-guided tour of tucked away gardens.
Friday, June 24th – The Millbrook Garden Club’s Connecticut Ramble
Visit 5 awesome gardens in neighboring Connecticut. There will also be a buffet luncheon hosted by the Sharon Country Club, and garden boutiques. It’s a full day of fun.