Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Special Garden Conservancy Days in Litchfield Hills

The Garden Conservancy has announced today that private gardens in Litchfield Hills will be open to the public on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that admission to tour the private gardens on the tour is $7 per person per garden with the exception of the Hollister House Garden located on 300 Nettletown Road where the admission will be $10 per person but also include entrance to the rare plant sale that they are hosting.

The gardens at Castlebrae Farm located in Roxbury surround an 18th century farmhouse and include a cottage like mixture of shrubs, perennials and annuals. Of special note is the blue border and the rose border.

Maywood garden located on a private Bridgewater estate is a sucken garden that features a wide variety of perennials that are protected by stone walls that tower over the garden and are ten feet high. There is a lovely rose garden that has been designed in the French style that is surrounded by a circle of hemlocks as well as a gazebo garden with flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The property also has incorporated a ledge garden on an exposed hillside as well as a white garden, herb garden and even an ornamental kitchen garden. Don't miss a tour of the 4,000 square foot greenhouse where many of these plants are grown.

Red Mill Farm in Washington boasts an informal garden that surrounds a home that dates to the 1840s. A highlight of this property is the pre- Revolutionary sawmill. Visitors will delight in the tropical and half hard container plants, trellises of roses and clematis as well as the garden of roses and perennials. Don't miss a walk to the mill pond through the woodland area past sweeping lawns and wildflowers.

Hollister House Garden also located in Washington is a romantic walled country garden in a setting of great natural beauty and surrounded by meadows, fields and a lovely eighteenth century farmhouse. This garden is colorful and rambles amid this unspoiled landscape in a profusion of colors and shapes. Exploring this garden is like going from room to room in a home, with each area offering something different and yet always including a fabulous vista of the surrounding landscape. The cost of entrance on September 11 is $10 per person but also includes entrance to the Rare Plant Sale that is being hosted by the Hollister House Garden. The Hollister House Garden is also open Friday 2 p.m to 5 p.m and every Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, May to September.

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