The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, featuring hundreds of magnificent spaces not normally open to the public. From April through October, garden hosts across the country welcome the opportunity to learn and exchange gardening ideas, and give the public access to explore and enjoy their private gardens. Visits are self-guided and no reservations are required. A $5 admission fee collected at each garden supports the national preservation work of the Garden Conservancy.
Each region highlights its own special offering of gardens, including more than 300 locations in twenty states. For a list of participating regions or to get more information, visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days program online at opendaysprogram.org or call toll-free weekdays, 1-888-842-2442.
The 2013 Open Days Directory ($21.95 including shipping and handling) is the only comprehensive source for details on the 2013 season. The Directory provides descriptions, visiting dates and hours, and driving directions to each private garden. The Directory also includes one free admission ticket to any private garden participating in the program, a $5 value. To purchase a Directory or to join the Garden Conservancy as a member and receive a free copy, call 1-888-842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram.org.
April 28: Six private gardens open in Pasadena, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps and tickets will be available at the Arlington Garden in Pasadena, 295 Arlington Drive, Pasadena from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m.
May 5: Six private gardens open in Los Angeles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps and admission tickets will be available at the Ferndell Nature Museum in Griffith Park, 5375 Red Oak Drive, Los Angeles from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.