Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Conservancy Open Days, NJ



I thought I would share some more photos of the beautiful garden that I visited this past Saturday, as a part of The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program. I love the mixture of formal garden rooms and more natural areas.

There was a wonderful potager which was enclosed by a white picket fence and included raised beds, a rose-covered trellis, and a central water feature. Tomatoes were trained on a pair of white trellises, and the garden included plants that are both ornamental and edible, such as chives and artichokes.

Overlooking the potager, tucked into a small clearing in the trees, was a sweet little table and chairs, surrounded by some lovely potted specimens. It was the perfect place to enjoy dinner on a cool evening.

I loved the use of garden ornaments here, such as the beautiful stone and iron central feature in one of the formal garden rooms, and the charming porcelain birdhouse hanging from a tree outside the potager. I think that the inclusion of these ornaments helps to give the formal bones of the garden a human touch.

I hope you are enjoying the virtual garden visits. I still have to share photos of the second garden I visited last weekend. I guess it's Garden Week here at Little Red House. :)

13 comments:

  1. How beautiful. It looks so cool and peaceful.

    We are having an awful heat wave, it will be 100+ here again today.

    Hugs

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  2. Gorgeous garden. Yes, so cool and peaceful looking. My lovely garden is in dire need of a weeding; rain, rain go away!

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  3. What beautiful gardens! I love the white fencing and the sweet green table and chairs. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

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  4. It's wonderful to visit beautiful gardens where ideas are gleaned for your own. I'd have to agree with you about ornamentation. It does add that human connection.

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  5. Your photographs and mosaics are absolutely stunning!

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  6. I'm a member of GC and follow their schedules to see if I can visit the gardens when I'm travelling. Such a great thing they do in insuring the continuation of the lovely places around the country who need financial support & advice on these iconic gardens. We recently had a tour in Houston but it was only 1 day and, drat, I missed it. Sending love, Mary...just beautiful & inspirational stuff here. btw, we have the same song playing "it's a wonderful world."

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  7. Such a beautiful place to visit. I especially like the potager - looks like the vegetables are doing very well.

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  8. How I love Garden Week! Why can't we all have gardens like that? I dream of spending hours on summer days, perfecting my ideal garden. Alas it is not easy or cheap!

    It also looks like a birders paradise!

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  9. That is just the kind of garden I fantasize about! I would love to sit at that sweet table and look at all that beatuy...Wonderful!

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  10. hello from Germany, would you know someone who could help me with my shower place? maybe some of your design followers? Have a look at my blog here http://ginanews05.blogspot.com/2011/06/spanish-outdoor-shower-place.html
    Happy holidays

    Gina from Germany

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  11. Beautiful quaint garden, Mary! :) I would love to visit it, someday.

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  12. What a perfect potager! I love the fence around it and the birdbath in the center of it. If that was my garden I'd never come into the house! ::Jill

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