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August 04, 2006

Garden Conservancy "Open Days" tour showcases private gardens, JC Raulston Arboretum

Photo of a garden

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program comes to Raleigh in September, featuring six private gardens to visit on Saturday, September 23 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday, September 24 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

Gardens participating on these two dates feature sumptuous plantings beneath the native red- and white-oak canopy of a traditional Southern home with a formal Italian fountain and cascading waterfalls; a Japanese-style garden with a magnificent pond spillway; and a half-acre suburban property with a rose garden, secret garden, and several follies and garden accents.

A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of North Carolina State University celebrating its 30th anniversary in conjunction with the tour.

Built and maintained by North Carolina State students, faculty, staff and volunteers, the eight-acre arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with the most diverse collection of plants adapted for landscape use in the southeastern United States.

Plant collections include more than 5,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, groundcovers, shrubs and trees from more than fifty countries, which are displayed in a beautiful garden setting that is open to the public.

Visitors may start the tour on either day at the JC Raulston Arboretum at 4415 Beryl Road in Raleigh, where discount admission tickets will be sold (6 tickets for $25). Single tickets to the individual gardens ($5 each) may also be purchased during the tour at each garden. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. For ticket information, please contact Autumn Keck at the JC Raulston Arboretum at autumn_keck@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3826.

The Open Days gardens in Raleigh are featured in the 2006 Open Days Directory, which includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by garden owners. The national edition includes garden listings in 16 states and costs $20.45, including shipping. The South edition costs $5, and features gardens in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa or MasterCard, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY, 10516. Discount admission tickets are available through advanced mail order.

The 2006 Open Days Program is sponsored by W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America’s most trusted name in gardening for 125 years, providing seeds, plants, gardening supplies and accessories for the home gardener. The Open Days Program is also pleased to have Fine Gardening Magazine as its National Media Sponsor. Fine Gardening is published bimonthly by The Taunton Press, a trusted source of information and inspiration on house and home.

The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days Program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created.

The Open Days Program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days Program online at www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays.html.

-S. Stanard

Posted by Suzanne at August 4, 2006 09:23 AM