Exhibitions: May 14-Sept 11, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700
April 30-May 1, Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 36 gardens, self-guided tour, various locations. May 1, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 32 gardens, self-guided, Alameda & Contra Costa Ctys, 510-236-9558 May 1 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA, CT, NY CA: Arcadia, Pasadena; CT: Greenwich, Wilton; NY: Red Hook 888-842-2442 May 3, Landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power, San Marino, CA 7PM, Lecture, The Huntington, 626-405-2100 May 4, Planting in a Post Wild World, Cambridge, MA 7PM, Lecture, Cambridge Public Library, 781-790-8921 May 6, National Public Gardens Day, USA Special Events at Public Gardens Throughout the Country. May 7, Georgetown Garden Tour, Washington DC 10AM-5PM, 88th annual tour, nine gardens, 202-965-1950 May 7, Venice Garden & Home Tour, Venice, CA 2-5PM, 22nd Annual Tour, 310-650-6805 May 7-8 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA, NJ, NY CA: Los Angeles, Santa Monica; NJ: East Orange, Short Hills, Glen Gardner, Convent Station, Far Hills; NY: East Hampton, Chappaqua, Ossining, Cold Spring. 888-842-2442 May 7, All About Containers Saturday, NY, NY 10AM-5PM, NY Botanical Garden Midtown Center, 718-817-8700
May 11, Conservation in Cuba, Seattle, WA 6:45PM, Lecture, NW Hort Society, 206-780-8172 May 13, Impressionists: Painting the American Garden, Bronx, NY 10:30AM-12:30PM, Lecture, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 May 14-15 Trade Secrets Show & Garden Tour, Northwest CT Garden antiques, rare plants, private garden tours, 860-364-1080 May 14, Garden Dialogues, San Francisco Special tours of private gardens with landscape architects TCLF, 202-483-0553
May 15, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NY NY: Mt. Sinai, Old Field,Stony Brook 888-842-2442 May 18, The Golden Age of American Impressionism, Bronx, NY 6:30-7:30PM, Lecture, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700
May 19, Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour, Boston, MA 9AM-5PM, 87th annual tour, 10+ gardens 617-227-4392 May 20, Alexander Humboldt: History of Ecology, Bronx, NY 10:30AM-12:30PM, Symposium, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 May 20, Where are the Wildflowers Going?, Washington DC Noon, Lecture, US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 May 21-22, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA:CT, NJ, NY, RI CA: Kentfield, Ross; CT: Stonington; NJ: Allendale, Wyckoff, East Orange; NY: Amenia, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Wappingers Falls, Cutchogue, Flanders, Remsenberg; RI: Little Compton. 888-842-2442
May 22, Innisfree, A Modern Icon, Millbrook, NY 3PM, Lecture, The Garden Conservancy 845-424-6502 May 23, "Capability Brown & Belvoir Castle," New York, NY 6PM, Lecture, The Dutchess of Rutland, Bonhams, 800-913-6565 AND, at Philadelphia Union League May 26th, 6:30PM May 24, Jazzing Up the Garden, Wellesley, MA 1:30-3PM, Workshop with Karen Bussolini, Mass Hort Society, 617-933-4900May 24-28, Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK May 25, LA Thomas Rainer, 50th Anniversary Lecture, Seattle, WA 7PM, NW Hort Society, 206-780-8172 May 26, Gardens + Landscape Study Tour,New Canaan, CT 10:30AM-1PM, The Glass House, 203-594-9884 May 28, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: MA MA: Chilmark. 888-842-2442 AND: 3PM, Lecture, same garden, Dexter Rhododendrons: A Collector's Garden May 28, Special Garden Conservancy Open Day, Charleston, SC 10AM-4PM, Private Gardens in Charleston. Pre-registration required..888-842-2442
June 29 , Woody Plant Conference, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
thru November 1: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden Life, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden 718-817-8700
JUNE Garden Dialogues: NYC Area, Philadelphia Area, Washington DC Area Garden tours with the landscape architects who designed them, TCLF, 202-483-0553
June 4-6 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Millersville, PA 24th annual conference, Millersville University, 717-842-0272 June 4, The Reconstruction of a Lost Imperial Garden, San Marino, CA 7:30PM, Lecture, The Huntington, 626-405-2100 June 5-6, Concord Museum Garden Tour, Concord, MA 9AM-4PM, 26th annual self-guided tour, 978-369-9763 June 6, Going Green with Roses, Bronx, NY 10AM-1PM, Workshop, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 June 6, Water-wise Landscape Tour, Dallas, TX 9AM-3PM, 19 gardens plus other events, 21st annual tour, 214-670-3155 June 6-7 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CT, MA, NY, PA CT: Hartford, New Haven, Fairfield Ctys; MA: Worcester Cty; NY: Columbia, Westchester Ctys, Eastern Long Island; PA: Philadelphia
June 8-9 Landscape Pleasures Symposium, Water Mill, NY Parrish Art Museum, Symposium & Garden Tour, 631-283-2118 (with Richard Hartlage, Thomas Woltz & more) June 11, Landscape Architect Ken Smith in Conversation, Boston, MA 7PM, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 June 12, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration, Glencoe, IL 9AM-4PM, Symposium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 June 13, Making Small Meadows, Bronx, NY 10AM-1PM, Workshop, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 June 13, Enchanted Gardens of NW Denver Garden Tour, Denver, CO 9AM-4PM, 20+ gardens, 15th annual self-guided tour, 303-433-4983 June 13-14: Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA, CT, MA, NJ, NY CA: Albion, Mendocino Cty; CT: Fairfield, New London, Hartford Ctys; MA: Berkshire Cty; NJ: Bergen Cty; NY: Dutchess, Putnam Ctys
June 19-21, Newport Flower Show, Newport RI "American Beauty: Timeless Style," 20th annual show 401-847-1000 June 20, South End Garden Tour, Boston, MA 10AM-4PM. 20th annual tour. To my mind, this is the best of all the city garden tours. 617-542-7696 June 20-21, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA, CT, IL, MA, NY CA: Marin Cty; CT: Litchfield Cty; IL: Elburn, Barrington Hills; MA: Berkshire Cty; NY: Dutchess Cty, Eastern Long Island
June 25: Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: Nantucket, MA June 26-28, Secret Garden Tours, Newport, RI 10AM-5PM, Tours of the city's most prestigious properties, 401-439-7253 June 27-28: Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CT, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, WA CT: Hartford, New Haven Ctys; IL: Chicago North Shore; MA: Berkshire Cty; NJ: Hunterdon, Somerset Ctys; NY: Columbia, Westchester Ctys; PA: Bucks Cty; WA: Bainbridge Island June 27-28, 50th Anniversary Cactus & Succulent Show, San Marino, CA 10:30AM-4:30PM, The Huntington, 626-405-2100
July 17, Woody Plant Conference, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA July 10-19, International Hydrangea Festival & Conference, Sandwich, MA Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich, MA 508-888-3300 Keynote speaker: Dr. Michael Dirr July 27-Aug 1, Perennial Plant Association Symposium, Baltimore, MD 614-771-8431
Still time to book a tour later this month with Carex Tours, led by landscape designer Carolyn Mullet.
You'll take in the Chelsea Flower Show and many other classic British gardens: the RHS Garden at Wisley, Hidcote Manor Garden (one of my very favorites), Sissinghurst, designed by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, and many more.
Carex is also sponsoring a tour of modern English gardens in August, and in September, a comprehensive tour of Dutch Wave Gardens, including those of Piet Oudolf.
May 2, All About Containers Saturday, Bronx, NY 10AM-5PM, Three separate, different sessions, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Repeated May 16 at NYBG Midtown Center May 2-3 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 35 gardens, self-guided tour, various locations. May 2-3 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: IL, CA, NY IL: Elburn, Chicago; CA: Los Angeles, NY: Mt. Kisco May 3, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, CA 30 gardens, self-guided, Alameda & Contra Costa Ctys, 510-236-9558
May 5, Landscape Architect Mikyoung Kim, Washington DC 6:30 PM, Lecture, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 May 5, Webinar, Outdoor Kitchen Design noon EST, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, 800-868-1699, CEU's May 8, Naturalistic Garden Symposium, Framingham, MA 8AM-5:30PM, New England Wildflower Society, 508-877-7630 May 8, National Public Gardens Day, Nationwide Special Events at Public Gardens Throughout the Country May 8, Emily Dickinson's Gardens, Washington DC noon, Lecture, US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 May 9, Georgetown Garden Tour, Washington DC 10AM-5PM, 87th annual tour, 202-965-1950 May 9-10 What's Out There Weekend, Newport County, RI Expert tours of Newport Landscapes, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 202-483-0553 May 9-10 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NJ, NY, CT NJ: River Edge NY: Copake Falls, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam CT: Sharon
May 16-Nov1, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, Bronx, NY Exhibition with lectures, art, music & more. NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700
May 16-17, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NJ, NY NJ: Essex Cty NY: Dutchess Cty, Nassau Cty May 16-17, Trade Secrets Show & Garden Tour, Northwest CT Garden antiques, rare plants, private garden tours, 860-364-1080 May 17, Plants of the NJ Pine Barrens, Washington DC 2PM, Lecture, US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333
May 19-23, Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK May 19, Society Hill Home & Garden Tour, Philadelphia, PA 1PM-5PM, Society Hill Homes & Gardens, 215-629-1288 May 21, Beacon Hill Garden Tour, Boston, MA 9AM-5PM, 86th annual tour, 12 private gardens, 617-227-4392 May 23-24, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: SC, NY, ME ME: York SC: Charleston NY: Westchester, Long Island
May 28-29, Urban Agriculture Conference, NY, NY NY Horticultural Society, 212-757-0915 May 30, Garden Dialogues, Atlanta, GA Tours of private gardens with designers, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 202-483-0553 May 30-31, Garden Dialogues, Los Angeles, CA Tours of private gardens with designers, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 202-483-0553 May 30-31, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: RI, NY, SC, MO RI: Little Compton NY: Ulster Cty, Putnam Cty, Westchester SC: Charleston MO: St. Louis
June 11, Landscape Architect Ken Smith in Conversation, Boston, MA 7PM, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 July 17, Woody Plant Conference, Swaarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA July 14-16, International Hydrangea Conference, Sandwich, MA Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich, MA 508-888-3300
thru April 12, Orchid Daze: Pop!, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 thru April 26, Orchid Show, Washington DC US National Museum of Natural History, US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333
March 28, Garden Dialogues, FL Gulf Coast Special tours with landscape architects, TCLF, 202=483-0553
April 1, "Native Meadows: Let's Get Real", Cambridge, MA 7PM, Lecture, LA Larry Weaner, Cambridge Public Library, 781-790-8921 April 1, Green Roofs & Living Walls, Framingham, MA 6:30PM, Lecture, Garden in the Woods, 617-436-5838 April 1, Sustainable Landscapes for Life, Wellesley, MA 7PM, Lecture, Holly Shimizu, MA Hort Society, 617-933-4900
April 9, Landscape Architect Claude Cormier, Boston, MA 7PM, Lecture, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 April 10-12, Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium, Williamsburg, VA "Layers of the Living Landscape," 800-603-0948 April 11, Northern Gardening Symposium, Randolph Center, VT 9AM-3PM, New England Wildflower Society 508-877-7630 April 11, Garden Conservancy Open Days Garden Tours, FL, NY Jacksonville, FL; Tompkins Cty, NY April 11-12, Garden Dialogues, Dallas & Fort Worth, TX Special tours with landscape architects, TCLF, 202-483-0553 April 11-19, California Native Plant Week, CA Lectures, garden tours, workshops, more 916-447-2677
April 13, Lecture, LA Pierre Belanger, Philadelphia, PA 6PM, Penn Design, "1:1 Billion on Landscape, Infrastructure, Power" 215-898-6591 April 17-19, Antiques, Garden & Design Show, Glencoe, IL 10AM-5PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 April 18, Garden Conservancy Open Days Garden Tours, TX Houston, TX April 18-25 Historic Virginia Garden Week, VA Garden tours & events state-wide, 804-644-7776
LOOKAHEAD: May 19-23, Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK June 11, Landscape Architect Ken Smith in Conversation, Boston, MA 7PM, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 July 14-16, International Hydrangea Conference, Sandwich, MA Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich, MA 508-888-3300
Last summer, on a garden tour in Boston's South End, I was entranced by the story of four families who years ago took down the fences separating their back townhouse gardens. This photo was taken from the first garden, looking across to the other three.
This small garden has a tiny dining patio up near the house, and the rest of the garden has a circular design filled with perennials: primroses, irises, astilbes, peonies. In the center is an Englilsh chimney pot that serves as a planter.
On the opposite wall (not seen here), lilacs and a mature peach tree flank the gate.
Adjoining the previous garden, this space is anchored in winter by evergreen azaleas and hollies. A pair of redbud trees are on either side of the back entrance (from the alley), and the back fence features clematis and English ivy. On the ground plane, a combination of golden creeping jenny, sweet woodruff, creeping veronica and marsh marigolds edge the cobblestone border. The homeowners engaged Mark Corbin of South End Gardens to help them with the design.
Next in line is one of the deepest gardens, with built-in bluestone benches that double as raised walls for containers. In spring, the garden is filled with tulips, but later on, the beds are filled with astilbe, bellflowers, petunias, Japanese iris, hydrangeas, and Japanese forest grass.
Climbing roses are trained against the house, and it's a lovely, serene garden "room" extending from the main residence.
The final garden, seen here in a photo taken from the house, shows the sunken patio and the raised beds out toward the back gate. Lovely shrubs include daphne and deutzia, hydrangeas and peonies. There is a fence at this end of the gardens, and it's covered with a climbing hydrangea and with a similar vine, Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight.' At the top left of this photo, note the umbrella-shaped weeping birch at the previous garden's entry.
These gardens are also cleverly designed so that dining areas are pretty much screened from neighbors -- but you can still enjoy the grand vista that all four gardens provide.
ThruDecember 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Oct 2-26 Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, Exhibition, Lectures, Demos, Poetry, Bonsai & More. 718-817-8700
Oct 2, Thinking into the Future: Robie House Series, Chicago, IL 5PM-7PM, Lecture, LA James Corner, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Oct 7, Agents of Change: Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century, Washington DC 9AM-5PM, Symposium, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Oct 8, Managing Historic Landscapes, San Francisco, CA 9AM-4PM, Conference, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Oct 10, Thin Places: Gardens That Move You, Bronx, NY Noon-1PM, US Botanical Garden, Lecture by LA Richard Hartlage, 202-225-8333
Oct 12, Oliver Ranch Art Tour, Sonoma, CA Tour & Luncheon, TCLF, 202,48l3-0553 Oct 15, Planting for a Changing Climate, Glencoe, IL 11AM-4PM, Symposium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 Oct 15, Fall National Convention & Rose Show, Tyler, TX 8AM-5PM, Holiday Inn & Tyler Rose Center, 318-938-5402 Oct 17, Perennial Plant Conference, Swarthmore, PA 9AM-5PM, Scott Arboretum, 610-328-8023 Oct 18, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: AZ, CT, DC, MD, NJ, NY AZ: Pima County; CT: Litchfield Cty; DC; MD: Montgomery Cty; NJ: Hunterdon Cty; NY: Dutchess Cty.
Oct 20, Zen & The Japanese Garden, NY, NY 6:30-7:30PM, Lecture, LA Shunmyo Masuno, NYBG Midtown Center, 718-817-8700 Oct 22-24 PLANET Green Industry Conference, Louisville, KY Louisville Marriott, 703-736-9666 Oct 23-24 Gilette Forum: Making Beauty Sustainable, Richmond, VA 5:30-9PM & 8:30-4PM, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 804-262-9887 Oct 25: Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: Westchester Cty, NY Oct 25-26, What's Out There Weekend, Richmond, VA Expert tours of designed landscapes, TCLF, 202-483-0553
Oct 27, The High Line & Beyond, NY, NY 6:30-7:30PM, Lecture, LA Lisa Switkin, NYBG Midtown Center, 718-817-8700 Oct 27, Creating Atmosphere: The Power of Collaborations, W.Hollywood, CA 6:30PM, Lecture, Designer Luciano Giubbilei, The Garden Conservancy, 845-424-6500 Oct 28: Landscape Design Alumni Series: Design Spectrum, Bronx, NY 1PM-3PM, Lecture, Designer Hanna Packer, NY Botanical Garden 718-817-8700
November 3, Nature & Modernism, NY, NY 6:30-7:30PM, Lecture, LA Gary Hilderbrand, NYBG Midtown Center, 718-817-8700 Nov 4-7 APLD International Design Conference, Orlando, FL November 7, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities, Bronx, NY 9:30AM-12:30PM, Symposium, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Nov 12-15, Cities Alive, Nashville, TN 12th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, 416-971-4494 Nov 13, Landscape Lecture, Teresa Galí-Izard of Arquitectura Agronomia, Boston, MA 7PM, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 Nov 21-24, ASLA Annual Meeting, & Expo, Denver, CO
Garden Dialogues - various locations and dates in U.S. Landscape architects discuss their projects on site. 202-483-0553
August 7, The Garden of Designer Bunny Williams, NW CT 10am-noon, Tour of Williams Gdn, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 413-298-3926 August 7, A Native Meadow: 40 Acres & 10 Yrs of Success: Salisbury, CT 1pm-3pm, Tour of Meadow Designed by Larry Weaner, Ecological Landscaping Alliance, 617-436-5838 August 8-11, Gardenwriters Assn Annual Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA August 9-10, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CT, MA CT: Fairfield County; MA: Essex County
August 12, The Living Landscape, Boothbay, ME 2pm-5pm, Lecture & Book Signing, Author Rick Darke, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 207-633-4333 August 14, Design-less Gardening: A Naturalistic Approach, Framingham, MA 10am-1pm, Workshop, Garden in the Woods, 508-877-7630 August 16, Designing with Nature's Help, Copake Falls, NY 11am-4pm, Workshop with Larry Weaner, Garden Conservancy, 845-424-6500 August 16-17 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CA, NY CA: Mendocino County; NY: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam Counties
August 21-23, Farwest Show, Portland, OR Landscape trade show, Oregon Convention Center August 22-23, Speaking of Gardening Symposium, Asheville, NC 8:30AM-4:30PM, North Carolina Arboretum, 828-665-2492 August 23, A Day in the Shade Seminar, Glencoe, IL 9am-3pm, Seminar: design & plants for shade, Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 August 23, Garden Stewardship, Peterborough, NH 7pm, Lecture, Tovah Martin, The Garden Conservancy 845-424-6500 August 23-24, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NH, VT NH: Hillsborough County; VT: Windham, Windsor Counties
August 31, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: CT New Haven County
Sept 25, Landscape Lecture: Eelco Hooftman, Boston, MA 7pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156
Nov 4-7, APLD Annual Conference, Orlando, FL Nov 12-15, Cities Alive: Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, Nashville, TN
Nov 13, Landscape Lecture: Teresa Galí-Izard, Boston, MA 7pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-278-5156 Nov 21-24, ASLA Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Properties in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, off in the distance, can be quite farm-y, and this garden, on a recent Garden Conservancy tour, was no exception. (But too bad not much was yet in bloom, likely due to the cold winter and chilly spring).
This 1840s farmhouse, as is usual for homes this old in this part of the country, sits right on the road. So the main garden areas areas are all to the side and extend for some distance in back of the house, way down a hill to a pre-Revolutionary War sawmill.
Most gardens that I have seen in this part of CT are in the more-or-less English garden style, and this one was no exception: wide swathes of lawn edged by perennial beds, and some lovely, old flowering trees.
The stonework was also quite nice -- very rustic -- and the trellises will look great when the clematis flowers and the many roses come out, probably late May or June.
The stone stairway leads up to this nice little patio with fountain on the side of the house and right next to the greenhouse in the previous photo.
But someday it would be nice to see a modern take on one of these gardens ... one does tire of the British style when you have seen it again and again. (Although I do have admit it is what a lot of clients want).