Be a Spy in Paradise with Open Days Program

Be a Spy in Paradise with Open Days Program


Cold Spring, NY–Where could you go to spy on Joe Pye? Or sneak a peek at a bottlebrush buckeye? Just look through your 2001 edition of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory to find the state where these unusual shrubs grow. The 2001 Open Days Program has begun and includes hundreds of private gardens throughout the country, welcoming the public on specific weekends from March through October. You don’t have to be a gumshoe to be a spy in this paradise! Just break out the walking shoes, load up the camera and get going.

Five enticing private gardens in the Rockford area will open to the public on June 23. They include an Oregon garden where drifts of daylilies, Asiatic, Oriental, trumpet and Orienpet lilies meander through the front acreage; a Rockford garden where six ancient oaks shade the many varieties of trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, ginger and ferns; and another in Rockford where a pond and waterfall provide a habitat for waterlilies, iris and koi, and trellises hold bittersweet, clematis, trumpet vine and wisteria. Call 1-888-842-2442 for more information.

Begin the Rockford Open Day at the Hoel Garden, 1508 Sandy Point Drive, Rockford, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will provide visitors a free flyer with driving directions to the additional gardens. Admission to the gardens is $5, cash is accepted at the gate, and no reservations are required. The Open Days are rain or shine. Three additional Illinois Open Days will take place in the northern Chicago area on June 24 and July 14, and the Hinsdale area on July 21.

The Illinois gardens are among 372 of the best private gardens in the country listed in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory. The directory is a must for the garden enthusiast who loves to travel because it offers them the rare opportunity to visit these hidden treasures in big cities and small towns all over the United States. The 2001 edition costs $15.95 ($10.95 for Garden Conservancy members) plus $4.50 for shipping. Last year, more than $25,000 was shared with local nonprofit groups, chosen by the garden host. Discount admission coupons are available as well through advanced mail order only. Call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442, to order with a Visa or MasterCard, or send a check or money order to: The Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory: 2001 Edition ($15.95, Harry N. Abrams) may also be purchased wherever books are sold.

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