Country Gardens, the premier water garden specialists in our area, sponsor this annual tour which features dozens of gardens with water features located up and down the North Shore.
Many enthusiastic gardeners have agreed to open their yards to the public this weekend and will be on hand to answer questions about their gardens in general and water gardens in particular. This is a great way to learn more about the plants that grow well in our area as well as to see how homeowners have incorporated water features of many varieties and sizes into every kind of setting and into gardens both large and small. Homeowners will also share their experiences and advice about everything and anything to do with the construction, maintenance, and pros and woes of pond ownership. (Herons can be a headache but algae doesn't have to be forever.)
|One of our several water features, an urn fountain in our Zen garden.|
Our garden will be open on Saturday, June 22nd, from 9 AM to 4 PM. In addition to our 9,000 gallon water garden, we have 32 other individual with several water features in our extensive garden. If you've ever thought of replacing your lawn with .... garden .... well drop by and see what we've done.
Our half acre "garden" features a flowering shrub and tree grove, sun and shade cottage beds, a butterfly garden, an almost all white shade garden, herb garden, woodland wildflower garden, kitchen garden, and succulent garden.
The water garden anchors a formal English garden with both rose and perennial beds edged in Munstead lavender. We are rose enthusiasts with over 230 roses. (And yes, roses really are easy to grow ~ come talk to us!)
This means gardening using all natural organic methods -- no noxious or toxic chemicals are used here out of concern for our fish, bees, pets, and the neighboring ecosystem in the meadow. Our protocol, which is posted here on our blog periodically, will be available to visitors. We will also be giving demos on proper rose planting and pruning throughout the day.
If you've some free time on Saturday, do come by for some iced tea, lemonade, and cookies and chat with us about gardens! Children are welcome, however, we ask that you please leave pets at home.
|The lavender hedges around our beds should be blooming this weekend. Through the trellis is a walking path that meanders through our woodland garden and tree grove.|
|One of our favorite grandiflora roses, Sunshine Daydream, with one of our favorite David Austin English shrub roses, the beautiful pink James Galway in the background.|
|Climber New Dawn (center, pale pink), Climbing Blaze (left, red), Clotilde Soupert (center, small pale pink and whtie polyantha climber in background), elephant hosta, Red Drift rose, and catmint (foreground) greet you as you enter the back gardens.|
|Looking down on the water garden.|
|The large flowered climber Eden and Stella D'Oro daylilies are in bloom just in time for the tour.|
|Looking across the formal garden to the tree grove. Oops, we need to sweep the walks before our weekend guests arrive!|
Disclaimer: Although we highly recommend them, please know that this post is not a compensated advertisement for Country Gardens. We wrote this to showcase and promote the water garden tour and to invite our blog followers and friends to drop by this weekend. Other than being very satisfied, long-time customers, we have no personal relationship with any of the staff at Country Gardens. This is our tenth season with a water garden and since we first built our pond, we have benefited enormously from their superb advice and guidance. They are full-service water garden specialists and Bill and Lisa, the pond experts, are always available with a smile and an answer to any question you might have. Moreover, they've been there in a flash whenever we've needed an emergency professional consultation. You can count on them for prompt, exceptional service, reasonable prices, and superb quality.