If you missed it, begin with 'Travel for Garden Lovers: Part I'.
To recap: Gardens and their houses have often been the focus of my travels, in Europe and the United States. Searching online recently, looking for possible springtime garden viewing opportunities within driving distance of home, I was pleased to find there would be a 2 day open gardens event in my own community, Grass Valley & Nevada City, California, the 22nd annual tour to benefit Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills, whose mission is “improving the lives of women & girls”.
Six gardens were presented the weekend of May 16th & 17th, 2015. Located well off the beaten path, I visited 4 on Saturday, and the remaining 2 on Sunday. I found 2 of the 6 particularly worthwhile, of a scope sufficient to reveal the creativity of these gardeners. Last week I showed Patricia Silva’s in the hills beyond Nevada City, and this week, that of Sue Flynn and Tom Zerick, several miles from Grass Valley. The 2 photos above and one at the bottom of the page are from others on the tour which, I have no doubt, will mature and “flower” as the years go by.
A Woodland Landscape: Garden by Sue Flynn & Tom Zerick
And the world's most beautiful woodshed.
Search the Garden Conservancy’s Open Gardens website for
opportunities to visit private gardens in the United States.
And here, for National Gardens Scheme in the UK.
And the UK’s Red Cross garden visits listings here.
Bed & Breakfast for Garden Lovers:
An old article, but worth reading:
The English Garden
Some commercial garden tours:
Examples of local garden visit organizers in the United States:
Rhode Island: http://secretgardentours.org
To read more of PortMoresby’s contributions, click here.