After the tour


The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour last weekend (June 28) was a very pleasant day. Warm and sunny, with much lower humidity than last year.


Many visitors returned to see how the garden had changed. The attendance was slightly lower, really a good thing for me, because I had more time to talk and answer questions.


My neighbor, John Markowski, the Obsessive Neurotic Gardener. I think we’ll be on a local radio show together later this week.


















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20 thoughts on “After the tour

  1. Hi James,

    Looks like you had a good turnout and the garden was looking lusciously green!

    I remember you commenting that you hoped to have the Fall GC Open Day pushed back to later in the season as you thought the garden had better color and interest then than in late October when it was open last year. Did you succeed?

    And, by the way, I did start a blog…. Link is above if you’re curious.

    1. Hi, Sarah – yes, a good, friendly turnout. And a warm day with little humidity. I only pushed to Oct. 18 for this fall, but I think that will be okay. The autumn garden depends so much on the weather. I like your blog.

  2. Pam @ Digging has a post up – gardens are for people, take your garden pictures with people in.

    Now I get a sense of scale in your garden. It, and many of your plants are HUGE.

    1. Yes, I like LARGE plants, but I always am surprised that people don’t see how large until I show the garden with people in it. I need to think about how to show scale.

    1. On your next trip to the east coast. You may be surprised. I intend to work out a some new planting areas to support insects and wildlife continuously throughout the season. The details in the Darke/Tallamy book have helped me realize I need to go about this more systematically. (But it has to be aesthetically pleasing. I don’t think those goals are mutually exclusive.)

      1. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive, either, James — especially not in a garden. I hope no one ever thinks that about me. Of course, aesthetically pleasing to you may be different than aesthetically pleasing to Suzy Johnson or Joe the Plummer.

  3. The garden looks great, James, especially the now visible pond. The orange day lilies are also a pleasure. Ross

    1. Ross,

      I lined the bottom of the pond to prevent growth, but growth from the sides is obscuring over half its width. I need to put on waders and cut, cut, cut but I can’t face it. I love my wild daylilies even though daylily connaisseurs call them “ditch lilies.”

  4. Wonderful photos of your wondrous gardens! Again, my brain is so busy with new ideas inspired by your work.

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