Open Days in the Garden

By Susan Littlefield

What's one of the best -- and most enjoyable -- ways to get new ideas and learn about garden design? By visiting some great gardens, of course! That's the idea behind the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, with its invitation to explore first-hand a wide range of private gardens across the country that showcase outstanding design and innovative horticultural practices.

This year more than 300 gardens in 19 states will be open to the public on various dates throughout the gardening season. With the help of a large contingent of volunteers, the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment, arranges for gardens that are rarely, if ever, open for public viewing to open their garden gates for a day.

The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Directory, with descriptions of the various open gardens, is available for purchase. It lists open days for private gardens by state and county and by date, and includes information on public gardens in each state as well.

To find out more about the 2012 Garden Conservancy's Open Days, order a Directory and tickets, and find how to become a Garden Conservancy member, go to: Garden Conservancy.

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