Digging Deeper


The health and safety of all our members, garden hosts, guests, and other participants in our programs is a top priority for the Garden Conservancy. 

Following guidance from the CDC, we are canceling all Open Days and all other educational programs through June 15. As the situation changes, we will work with hosts to determine the best path forward, understanding that the implications may be different in different parts of the country.

Digging Deeper, exclusive and site-specific programs—including informal talks, tours, and demonstrations with experts of every stripe—invite Open Days participants to take a closer look at the garden world. The idea is to dig deep and have fun!

Digging Deeper programs require additional fees and advance registration through the links on each event or by calling our toll-free order line, 1.888.842.2442, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.


CANCELED: Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: Colorful Natives: Propagation and Design with Susan Ashley and Keeyla Meadows, at Keeyla Meadows Gardens & Art, Albany, CA

CANCELED: Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.: Fearless Color: Vibrant Habitat Gardens with Keeyla Meadows, at Keeyla Meadows Gardens & Art, Albany, CA

CANCELED: Saturday, June 13 | 4 p.m.: Fusing Art and Ecology: Dry-Stacked Stone Walls with Andrea Hurd, at Valley View Garden, Oakland, CA

Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 1 p.m.: Art in Your Garden: Mosaics and More with Carol Bevilacqua and Keeyla Meadows, at Carol Bevilacqua’s Art Garden, Richmond, CA

Sunday, July 12, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.: Monarchs in Your Garden with Pam Bottaro and Sheri Powell, at Pam Bottaro’s Garden, Santa Monica, CA

CANCELED: Saturday, July 25, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: A Year-Round Vegetable Garden in Napa with Carolyn Mehran and Anton Ginella at The Garden of Carolyn and Alex Mehran, Oakville, CA


CANCELED: Sunday, June 14, 2020 | 3 p.m.: Change and Continuity: The Evolution of a Garden with Cindy Shumate, at Prospect Gardens Westport, Westport, CT

Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 10 a.m.: Capturing the Spirit of Gardens with Julia Cencebaugh Kloth and James Brayton Hall, at Old Barlow’s Carriage House and Garden, Ridgefield, CT

Friday, August 28, 2020 | 10 a.m. tour; 11 a.m. tea for all participants; noon tour: Bunny Williams on Vegetable Garden Style with Bunny Williams, Robert Reimer, and Tricia van Oers, at The Garden of Bunny Williams, Falls Village, CT


CANCELED: Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 2 p.m.: Epimedium Love with Karen Perkins, at Garden Vision Epimediums, Phillipston, MA

CANCELED: Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 3 p.m.: Rhododendron Love: Creating Your Own Hybrids with Peter Norris, at Blueberry Ridge Garden, Chilmark, MA

CANCELED: Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 10 a.m.: Design Dialectic: Formality at Brigham Hill Farm with Warren Leach and Shirley Williams, at Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton, MA

CANCELED: Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.: Design Dialectic: Informality at Brigham Hill Farm with Warren Leach and Shirley Williams, at Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton, MA

CANCELED: Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 4 p.m.: Behind the Curtain: A First Look at a Collector’s Garden with Matt Mattus and Joe Philip, at Garden of Matt Mattus and Joe Philip, Worcester, MA

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: A Small Space with a Big Feel with George and Marcia Chapman, at Chapman Garden, East Falmouth, MA

CANCELED: Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.: A Summer Seaside Garden with Nan Sinton, at The Garden at 85 South Water Street, Edgartown, MA

Saturday, July 25, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: Shaping Space with Nan Sinton, at Gulf Road Homestead, South Dartmouth, MA

New Hampshire

CANCELED: Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 4 p.m.: Beauty All Around You: Lush, Low-Maintenance Gardens at Any Scale with Robert Gillmore, at Evergreen, Goffstown, NH

CANCELED: Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 3 p.m.: An Artist’s Garden: A Living Tapestry with Maude Odgers, at Garden of Maude and John Odgers, Peterborough, NH

New York

CANCELED: Saturday, June 13, 2020 | 4 p.m.: Designing for the Future with Cues from the Past with Leslie Needham, at River Hills, Bedford, NY

Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 4 p.m.: Rooted in Place: An Architect’s Garden in the Country with Larry Wente, at Hyland/Wente Garden, Millerton, NY

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 11 a.m.: Simple Ways to Grow and Use Ayurvedic Herbs with Indira Rajan, at Rivermere, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

CANCELED: Sunday, June 28, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: Unusual Edibles: Treasures for Garden and Table with Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano, at Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Stone Ridge, NY

Saturday, July 25, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.: A Chef’s Garden in the Catskills with Andrew Koehn, at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, Hunter, NY

Sunday, July 26, 2020 | 10 a.m.: Wilding Walls, Fruiting Fences with Shobha Vanchiswar and Murali Mani, at The Garden of Shobha Vanchiswar and Murali Mani, Chappaqua, NY

Sunday, July 26, 2020 | 2 p.m.: Beyond Natives: Using Local Ecotypes with Shanyn Siegel, at James & Ellen Best’s Sara Stein Garden, Pound Ridge, NY

Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 12 p.m.: The Evolution of a New American Garden with Donald Pell, at Donald Pell Gardens Studio, Phoenixville, PA
Rhode Island

CANCELED: Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 1 p.m.: Landscape in Translation: Arts & Crafts Ideals in the 21st Century with John Tschirch, Fred Perry, and Gail Read, at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, RI

CANCELED: Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 4 p.m.: Growing Food and Community: An Urban Farm to Table Celebration with Southside Community Land Trust staff, at City Farm, Providence, RI


CANCELED: Friday, July 17, 2020 | 5 p.m.: Medieval Vermont: Creating an Ancient Property with Rick Richter, Susan Richter, and Dan Snow, at Woodland Farms, Springfield, VT

CANCELED: Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.: Bunker Farm Plants with Helen O’Donnell, at Bunker Farm, Dummerston, VT

Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 5 p.m.: Spirit of Place with Bill Noble and Susan Howard, at Garden of Bill Noble, Norwich, VT

2020 open days directory web

Members receive a copy of the Directory free! You can also order additional copies and admission tickets to Open Days here.

Open Days Schedule