On Saturday, I visited two gardens close to my home that were opened as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program. This is a wonderful program that opens private gardens across the country for a small fee, gaining funds to use towards the preservation of "exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public."
This is the first of the gardens I visited. It is set on a steep hillside, with a formal knot garden near the back of the house, a white-fenced potager, and beautiful naturalized plantings following the curve of the hill. The owner first became interested in gardening when she retired. She is now a Master Gardener, and active on the board of a local arboretum. Her garden is filled with beautiful plant combinations, using colors, textures and leaves to create wonderful vistas.
If you are interested in visiting gardens in your area, do check out the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program.