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  • The Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour

    Written and produced by Rebecca Christian and Lucy Fitzgerald

    Every year, private gardens around the country throw open their gates to visitors during the Open Days Tour, sponsored by the Garden Conservancy. Inspired by England’s National Garden Scheme, the program allows visitors to take self-guided tours through America’s most stunning gardens, which are not usually open to the public. The tour includes every region of the country, and has provided exclusive access to thousands of gardens over the years. Read on for a sneak peek at some of our favorites.

    For more information about the Open Days program, as well as dates and locations for this year’s tour, please visit their website.

    Pictured above is the colorful Moss garden in coastal Mendocino, California.

    Photograph courtesy of Marion Brenner.

  • A long reflecting pool is a highlight of the garden at Sword Gate in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Intricate hedges and manicured topiaries offer rich texture and symmetry at the Clapboard Ridge Garden in Greenwich, Connecticut.

    Photograph courtesy of Curtice Taylor

  • Dappled sunlight falls on tropical plants in the garden of Alejandro Gonzales and Jim Smeal in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Photograph courtesy of Jim Smeal

  • A Lutyens-style bench against a backdrop of pink and purple blooms creates a picture-perfect sitting area at the Isaac Motte Dart-Worthhorn House Garden in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Steps wind through exquisite landscaping in the Edeiken and Eliot Goldfinger Garden in New Rochelle, New York.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Emerald greenery creates a look of mystery in the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, New York, one of the Garden Conservancy’s Project Gardens. Visit their website to learn more.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • A patio with lush container plants and glass-topped tables creates a serene sitting area at the McGee Garden in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Behind the high walls of the Titus Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, lies a reflecting pool surrounded by vines, ferns, and flowers.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • In Oakland, California, a hillside Mediterranean garden and the home’s Tuscan-style facade allude to the Italian countryside.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • A raised deck sits above the vibrant Johnson/Hornsby Garden in Charleston, South Carolina. An umbrella suspended over a pair of wicker chairs offers a shady spot to relax on a hot day.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Plants that thrive in arid regions make a striking patchwork appearance in Leslie Marshall and Herb Hethcote’s garden in Bainbridge, Washington.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses create a natural landscape at the Chase Garden in Orting, Washington.

    Photograph courtesy of Yvonne Meziere

  • Verdant pathways and weathered wooden benches lend charming character in the garden of Gordon and Mary Howard in Westminster West, Vermont.

    Photograph courtesy of Gordon Hayward

  • Reminiscent of the Gardens at Versailles, classic landscaping and beautifully manicured topiaries star in the garden of Cynthia & Charles Bonnes in Andes, New York.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Classic columns and young trees create a lovely scene in the Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, New Jersey.

    Photograph courtesy of Ken Druse

  • The Gaillard-Bennett House Garden in Charleston, South Carolina shows off its striking bone structure.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Red benches serve as punctuation at the end of this axis at the Hollister House Garden in Washington, Connecticut.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • A bird’s eye view of Mrs. Whaley’s storybook garden in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • An intriguing gate beckons visitors to enter the St. Louis, Missouri, garden of Holland and James Brigham.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Large containers are set along the curving paths of Mara Seibert’s garden in Short Hills, New Jersey.

    Photograph courtesy of Mary Jasch

  • A patio in the garden of Jay and Nanie Flaherty in Philadelphia invites relaxation.

    Photograph courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

  • Lilies perfume the garden of Maria Nation and Roberto Flores at the Good Dogs Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

    Photograph courtesy of Maria Nation

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