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Garden Conservancy Private Garden Tour 2012
A garden scene from the Skyler's garden.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — On Saturday, June 30th visit six private gardens in Bainbridge Island and Kingston through The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.
Included on the tour on June 30th is Huntley House (7205 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island), where succulents ornament a 200-ton rock wall capped by a pastel flower collection, and details of color, scent, sound, and garden ornaments await. At Frogwit by Stanton/Case (15326 East Euclid Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island), a color palette of yellow and chartreuse dominate the plantings, and a place where birds, frogs, and a sense of humor are welcome. The Madison Hill Garden (9443 NE Valley Road, Bainbridge Island) is on a terraced hillside with views of the Olympic Mountains, featuring summer color borders, a pond, a desert garden, and vegetable garden. The Osmun Garden (13074 Manzanita Road, Bainbridge Island) is an eight-year-old shade garden with a park-like atmosphere and many beautiful trees. At the Skyler Garden (9734 Manitou Place, Bainbridge Island), special features include pathways under tall firs and vine maples, a kiwi arbor leading to a shade garden and small pond, and many seating areas to enjoy the views. This Open Day also includes access to Heronswood (7530 NE 288th Street, Kingston), a world-renowned nursery and garden specializing in rare and unusual plants, located on seven acres and including garden art by several West Coast artists.
These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2012 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by their owners. The directory includes garden listings in nineteen states and costs $21.95 including shipping.
Visit online (url below) or call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.
The 2012 Open Days program is generously sponsored by Fine Gardening magazine as its National Media Sponsor. Fine Gardening magazine brings you breathtaking design ideas, helpful techniques, and the know-how to get great results in your own garden.
The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created. The Open Days program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide.
Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days program online.