Today I want to take a different approach (are you suprised?) to the idea of who my horticulture idols are and share how much I’ve learned from visiting the gardens I’ve seen with the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Some famous, some not, the creators of these gardens shine each year when the gardens are open to the public.
Open Days have allowed me to see extraordinary gardens that I would not have had access to otherwise. Each one has inspired me.
Every design discipline has its stars…its creators, its communicators and its mavericks.
Until 1989 when the conservancy first worked to preserve The Ruth Bancroft Garden in California, America’s private gardens were at risk.
Now, more than twenty years later, tens of thousands of people visit private and public gardens each and every year.
I’ve been visiting gardens since the first directory was available. Each spring I visit with my guidebook and camera in hand…
a day planned out…alone or with a companion I set out to discover America’s garden idols…live!
On a side note…Leaf Magazine will be giving away ten 2012 Garden Conservancy Open Days Guides during its holiday givewaway starting December 1st.
For more reading on other designer’s Horticultural Idols visit the links below…
Thomas Rainer : Grounded Design : Arlington, Virginia
Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT
Rochelle Greayer : Studio G : Boston, MA
Jenny Peterson : J Peterson Garden Design : Austin, TX
Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT
Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA