On Sunday, Aug. 24 the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program will share private gardens throughout Windham and Windsor counties. In Windham County the gardens included in the tour are in Bellows Falls and Westminster West and are open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to each garden is $5, the Open Day is rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442. Visit www.opendaysprogram.org for a more information or to view the Windsor County list.

Visitors may begin the tour at either of the following locations:

High Meadow Farm, 84 Paradise Hill Road, Bellows Falls - designed by Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, the property features terraced gardens of annuals and perennials, native trees and shrubs for bird habitats, a pond surrounded by sugar maples, river birch, native spruce, and pine, and a pool area with plantings of ornamental grasses, hydrangea, and herbs.

Gordon & Mary Hayward’s Garden, 508 McKinnon Road, Westminster West - featuring a pop-up plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery, this hybrid of Old England and New England gardens includes fourteen garden rooms, a pair of ninety-foot-long perennial borders, more than forty planted terracotta pots, and many collected garden ornaments.


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The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created. The Open Days program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide. For information, a complete schedule of Open Days, or to suggest gardens for inclusion in the program, visit the Garden Conservancy online at www.gardenconservancy.org.