Thursday, April 29, 2010
My Very First Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour!
True confessions: Last Sunday was the first time I attended a Garden Conservancy Open Days tour.
It was all Lin’s idea. After reading an eye-catching article in the Los Angeles Times, my spousal support unit suggested we spend the a next Sunday in Pasadena, strolling other people’s gardens (without fear of getting arrested for trespassing). No way I could turn down an offer like that.
That’s what’s learned was so cool about Open Days, a program that, since 1995, has allowed folks like you and me – and about a million others – to wander through more than 3,000 private gardens around the country. It’s the perfect marriage: Visitors pick up ideas for their own gardens, meet lots of like-minded garden enthusiasts and talk to designers.
And the Conservancy benefits by raising money and increasing public awareness of their primary mission: “…preserving exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. We seek to develop and deepen public appreciation of gardens as integral elements of our national artistic and cultural heritage.”
One thing I like about garden tours is the opportunity to take a pazillion digital pictures and write blog posts about all the fun I had.
Here's the scoop on the rest of the tour at my Fine Gardening blog...click