The women above are almost dwarfed by the plants; I show this image first to give you a sense of scale.
Over 200 visitors came, far more than I expected for my first Garden Conservancy Open Days tour. Neighboring garden owners tell me that’s the typical number in this area, so I’m pleased. Everyone entered through the house, which is how the garden is intended to be seen. I think that gave the visit a personal touch, and the house isn’t any worse for the wear.
Visitors seemed pleased, many found the garden quite different from most other gardens in the program, no one criticized or asked difficult questions–at least of me. If anything, my tour volunteers heard much more feedback than I did, and they tell me it was all positive.
That makes me wonder what critical things some were thinking. Next time, I’ll elicit feedback, specifically what they would do differently, or what they didn’t like.
It was early for my garden. Everything bursts into bloom about a week after the tour date, but there was enough happening to keep most visitors interested and asking questions.
So forthwith, some visuals …
Quite a few were interested in the pond, which was a happening place with lots of frog and insect activity (yes, there is a pond there).
Laurrie, a fellow garden blogger, and I discussing, I think, why there are so many small holes in the leaves of the Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’.
Our next door neighbor from Brooklyn, Albert, with me in the baseball cap, his sister and a friend.
Laurrie and her husband Jim accompanied by a large Ligularia japonica.
More of the unexpected, Tom and George.
Then quiet …