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I wish I could walk every visitor around personally at Garden Conservancy Open Days—and answer every question. But that’s impossible when hundreds of guests stream through for the self-guided walkabouts I’ve been hosting for 20 years (and will this year again on June 4 and August 20).
Many visitors have asked me to take it to the next level, pretty please. Now Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery—they always do plant sales at my big Open Days—and I are offering a sort of “Open Day-Plus” on May 7 and September 19: smaller, ticketed, workshop-style events and sales lasting a half-day each, with lots of individual attention.
Space is limited, at each of two sessions per day.
Ticket includes $25 Broken Arrow shopping credit.
Add-on: There is also a separate wildflower walk at 1 PM on May 7 (details below) that morning attendees may wish to go to after our workshop.
The May program (from 9:30-noon, and repeated from 1:30-4 PM):
- Muffins and Coffee: Fuel up, get acquainted, and tell us what you want to know more about, so we can fine-tune the program and cover it all.
- Tour/Meet My Garden: Tour with me, Margaret, focusing on how I made a garden for the birds (60-plus species visit yearly); my maybe-too-crazy obsession with gold foliage; choice spring ephemerals and other underplanting essentials; and most of all, my intimate relationship with the place that goes way beyond aesthetics.
- Workshop/The Best Plants You Never Heard Of: Broken Arrow Plant Development Manager and master propagator Adam Wheeler will “teach” the story of the unique plants in prime display at event time, and will also bring an irresistible show-and-tell of what he calls, “a blend of drool-worthy herbaceous and woody material with a focus on the unjustly rare.” Learn their features, use, and tips for successful culture. Why aren’t more people growing these incredible plants?, Adam asks…and watch out: Soon you will be!
- Plant-Talk Hangout: We’ll spend the last chunk of our time together just talking, guided by your questions.
- Shopping: Shop for plants from 11:45-1 and 3:30-4:45. Tip: Browse the Broken Arrow website (or call 203-288-1026 for advice on landscape-size plants in stock at the in-person retail nursery) to have larger specimens or multiples of something or just specific plants delivered on event day to take home.
- Still want more? For an additional $10 ticket (get details and reserve one at this link), zip down the street and take a 1 PM wildflower walk with acclaimed naturalist Carol Gracie, author of “Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast,” in the adjacent Taconic State Park.
$90 ticket price includes tour, workshop, Q&A session, plus refreshments…and a $25 credit at Broken Arrow plant sale.
NOTE: All registrants will be emailed directions to the garden in Copake Falls NY.
Cancellation policy: Refunds if cancelled by April 30; otherwise credit applied to the fall "Open Day-Plus" event Sept. 19 or another program of your choosing.
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Margaret Roach and friends
Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart, has been writing about gardens for 25 years. She is the creator of the acclaimed A Way to Garden website, and the author of "A Way to Garden," "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," and "The Backyard Parables." Her garden in the Hudson Valley (NY)/Berkshires (MA) region has been open for Garden Conservancy Open Days for 20 years.