Need a little garden inspiration? Look no further than local garden tours. They're a great way to get ideas for what grows in your area, get a chance to meet a neighbor, and nose around some pretty amazing places. This weekend there are lots of events sponsored by the Garden Conservancy, but it is worth keeping an eye out locally for other events as well.
If you are in New England or around New York City, there are an especially large number of tours this weekend. Some of the places that are opening up are Hollister House in Torrington, Connecticut, Maywood gardens in Bridgewater, Connecticut, and writer Lee Reich's garden in New Paltz, New York, where you can experience firsthand some of his tips for growing more vegetables.
In the Boston area, where I live, I am headed to a tour sponsored by Indian Hill Music Center. It was lovely last year, and I am excited to re-vist again this year.
If you're in the UK, it is worth checking the Yellow Book (available in British book stores or libraries) created by the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Each year the NGS coordinates a program whereby private gardens are opened by their owners, and the yellow book is the master list of which gardens are open on which days.
Feel free to share your upcoming local garden tour in the comments!
(Images: 1. Maywood Gardens, 2. Hollister House 3. Lee Reich)