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The 2013 Open Days Program Giveaway

The Hollister House Garden in Washington, Conn.; one of the gardens patricipating in the Open Days program.
Photo/Illustration: Antonio Reis
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of The Garden Conservancy
The Hollister House Garden in Washington, Conn.; one of the gardens patricipating in the Open Days program.
Photo/Illustration: Antonio Reis
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of The Garden Conservancy


This summer, treat yourself to an inspiring garden experienceand visit a spectacular garden near you. Most of us haven’t the means or the expertise to achieve such grandeur, but we can draw inspiration from these extraordinary settings.


Each year since 1995, the Garden Conservancy has opened distinguished private gardens to the public through its Open Days program. This season, the program continues until early November, and Fine Gardening is pleased to give away 8 prize packages. The packages will include 6 tickets and an Open Days directory. Each individual ticket is good for one visit to any of the private gardens, which are located all over the United States.

How to enter

For a chance to win a prize package, select a garden you’d like to visit and post a comment here by May 1 telling us why you’d like to see that particular garden and what you hope to learn. Winners will be selected at random shortly after that date and notified by email.

The Hollister House Garden in Washington, Conn.; one of the gardens patricipating in the Open Days program.


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  1. mountainroseranch 04/19/2013

    I am interested in seeing
    The Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Garden
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  2. user-515620 04/24/2013

    I would love to tour the Garden of Bill & Charlene Tuttle in Lake Oswago OR. I'm new to vegetable gardening and would enjoy seeing their large garden and fruit trees. Also I love hydrandgas and would be inspired by seeing their collection.

  3. WIpam 04/24/2013

    I am interested in visiting Hummer Haven in Elgin, IL to see their amazing water features and to learn more about becoming a Certified National Wildlife Habitat.

  4. Deziner 04/24/2013

    A group of us carpool together every year to the various Open Garden days. We're looking forward to several tour days in the North Bay area of S.F. and are especially excited to see Jana Olson's canyon garden and Richard Ostreiches's garden collection. Both people have traveled extensively and have beautiful collections of sculptural art work in the garden as well as unique plants culled from special local plant sales.

    The Marin County tour also has us all quite excited and we're planning a garden picnic at one of the parks in between gardens.

    There is a wealth of private gardens in the North Bay area that have never been opened. It would be fantastic if the GC could tap into some of these homes and gardens.

  5. ronn14 04/24/2013

    We would like to visit Evans Road in Erie, PA, so we can get some ideas about making our garden a little more beautiful, especially with native plants.

  6. Hawthornehome 04/24/2013

    I would like to visit The River Bend Garden-Kent McCay. I admire the cottage garden style and feel this garden would be inspiring. Thanks.

  7. preppygirl56 04/25/2013

    I would love to visit the Peconic Land Trust Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, NY. I am an advanced master gardener and especially love herbs. I have my own kitchen garden and feel that a visit to Bridgehampton would give me inspiration and ideas for my garden.

    I know that the climate in NY is very similar to Michigan, so a visit to that area would be the most beneficial to me.

    Cooking and gardening are both my passion. It would be wonderful to have the opportunity to tour the area for a weekend.

  8. Gardeningcats 04/26/2013

    I would like to see the Rock garden in Rochester wa. I've been gardening in the area for a while and would like to see how they have handled gardening in such a rocky area!


  9. user-88329 04/27/2013

    I would like to see Hummer Haven in Illinios! I LOVE Hummingbirds in my garden, I am looking forward to their arrival any day now after tracking their migration on the internet map. I'm always interested in seeing gardens designed to attract Hummingbirds. :)

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