Garden Program Offers Tour Of Area Private Gardens

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COLD SPRING, N.Y.—On Saturday, September 12, five private gardens in Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will open to the public in support of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.

Visitors may begin the tour at any of the following locations, where directions to additional locations will be provided: Babbling Brook, 335 New Dover Road, Colonia, 1 p.m. to 3p.m.; Tallquapie, 74 Mosle Road, Gladstone, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or An Architect’s Garden, 129 Pickle Road, Pottersville, 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.

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Babbling Brook in Colonia is a hilltop property that overlooks the expansive fairways of the Colonia Country Club. Features include a brook, two ponds, specimen trees, a greenhouse, waterfall, perennial borders, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. In Far Hills, nestled in a valley with long pasture views, The Hay Honey Farm gardens reflect a diverse range of interests, and include a summer-to-fall perennial border, a large vegetable and cutting garden, and a wide variety of trees and shrubs. A walk along a stream leads past a wet meadow to a rhododendron glade with year-round interest.

In Gladstone, the gardens at Tallquapie were named after a Native American, and were the inspiration for the rustic style. The owner’s passion for native plants required a fenced area featuring a moonlight garden, rockery, a meditation garden, and a hedgerow for birds. An Architect’s Garden in Pottersville, is part of an ongoing project begun in 1992 as complete renovation and expansion of an eighteenth-century dairy farm on thirty-five acres. The overall aesthetic attempts to balance the formal French boxwood gardens, English borders and the informal play of trees and allées that merge the formal grid, to an informal sense of an American country garden.

Also in Pottersville, Bird Haven Farm includes barns, outbuildings, and stone walls, creating the feeling of a medieval village and a perfect haven for plants. The landscape includes hay meadows, a lush orchard of heirloom apples and other fruit trees, a boxwood bordered herb garden, vegetable and flower gardens, and a meandering woodland walk.

These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2009 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by their owners. The directory includes garden listings in 23 states and costs $21.95 including shipping. Visit www.opendaysprogram.org or 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. Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.


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