The Garden Conservancy Open Days is in two short weeks. I have been visiting the Conservancy's gardens (my favorites are in northwestern CT) since 1996, its second year. I find one of the best ways to to learn about gardens is to visit the best possible ones you can and The Open Days is a great way to do it. I bring a notebook and take notes of plants I like or are new to me. I also try to sit in every seat in the garden and observe what the host has to offer.
The Monadnock/Greater Manchester Open Days are on June 26 and 27. I was asked by Joe Valentine, a obsessed gardening friend from Francestown if I would like participate. I said sure but now I need to push the petal to the metal! Most of the big jobs have been completed. I am hoping the stars this week will stay for the show. I have a lot of biennials in the garden which means I don't usually mulch the garden until mid-June!
If you are in the area, come see some wonderful gardens. Nine of the eleven gardens will be open for the first time. For more information see The Garden Conservancy's web page www.gardenconservancy.org.