The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program in Los Angeles County features six private gardens open to the public on Sunday, April 29 in Pasadena, and seven on Sunday, May 6 in Brentwood and Santa Monica. Admission to each private garden is $5 or $25 for six tickets, benefitting the Garden Conservancy. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.
On April 29, visitors may begin the Pasadena Open Day at the La Casita del Arroyo Garden, 177 South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (each garden open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for maps and discount admission tickets. The Pasadena Open Day revisits a recently restored classic 1926 Pavilion and an eclectic rambling three-acre rustic garden high above the Rose Bowl. New this year, four distinctly different gardens, from a strictly stylized Mediterranean modern to a country style French garden carefully tended for thirty-six years by its owner, a superb plantswoman.
On May 6, visitors may begin the Los Angeles Open Day at the Grow Native Nursery Westwood, Davis Avenue, Westwood, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (each garden open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for maps and discount admission tickets. The Los Angeles Open Day features seven gardens in Santa Monica and Brentwood. The gardens selected showcase a variety of styles and tastes, exhibiting all that gardens can be in Southern California. On this year’s lineup you’ll see everything from traditional to modern, native to exotic, and quirky to chic, all displaying great design and our passion for outdoor living.
These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2012 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 nineteen 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, MasterCard or American Express, 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.
The 2012 Open Days program is generously sponsored by Fine Gardening magazine as its National Media Sponsor. Fine Gardening magazine brings you breathtaking design ideas, helpful techniques, and the know-how to get great results in your own garden.
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. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days program online at www.opendaysprogram.org.