Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
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The Garden Conservancy has announced the upcoming schedule of garden-visiting opportunities through its Open Days Program, America's only national private garden-visiting program featuring hundreds of magnificent spaces not normally open to the public. From March through November, garden hosts across the country welcome the opportunity to learn and exchange gardening ideas, and give the public access to explore and enjoy their private gardens. Visits are self-guided and no reservations are required. A $5 admission fee collected at each garden supports the national preservation work of the Garden Conservancy. The 2013 Open Days Directory ($21.95 including shipping and handling) is the only comprehensive source for details on the 2013 season, providing descriptions, visiting dates and hours, and driving directions to each private garden. Organized by state and region, the directory lets you easily find the gardens that will be open in our region. It also includes one free admission ticket to any private garden participating in the program. To purchase a Directory or to join the Garden Conservancy as a member and receive a free copy, call 1-888-842-2442 or visit www.opendaysprogram.org.
I get some strange books in the mail, but recently I received the strangest one yet. Fairy Gardening by Julia Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013, $16.95) is a guide to creating miniature gardens populated with tiny figurines and diminutive accessories. On closer inspection the book actually is quite a useful resource and reference book for miniature container gardening. There is an excellent plant list that contains hundreds of small leaved and slow growing ground covers, shrubs and perennial plants ideal for use in containers. There is also a resource guide where you can find the plants and miniature sculptures used to enhance the containers. Fairy Gardens are not my cup of tea, but I do enjoy miniature gardening. And if you have children or grandchildren, bringing a bit of whimsy into your garden may enchant a future gardener!