Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper, exclusive and site-specific programs—including informal talks, tours, and demonstrations with experts of every stripe—invites 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 the Garden Conservancy at 845.424.6500, M-F, 9-5 Eastern.


Sunday, April 28 - Unusual Annual Flowers and Foliage for Summer Pots with Alan Gorkin, Head Gardener and Kristi Stromberg Wright, Horticulturist - Greenwich, CT

Sunday, May 5 - Designing a Garden For Pollinators with Valerie Matzger and Keeyla Meadows - Piedmont, CA

Sunday, May 5Cultivating Edible Mushrooms: A Mushroom Inoculation Workshop with Steve Shapson and M.J. Jansen - Mequon, WI

Saturday, May 18Power of Place at Manitoga; Garden and Home of Russel Wright with Manitoga's Landscape Collection and Conservation Staff and James Brayton Hall, CEO and President of The Garden Conservancy - Garrison, NY

Saturday, May 25Planting with Pollinators in Mind: A Guided Walk through Olana’s Legacy Landscape with Nordica Holochuck, MA, Environmental Studies, and Chris Layman - Hudson, NY

Saturday, June 1Native Plants in the Garden with Carolyn Summers, Executive Director, Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve, Inc. – Liberty, NY

Sunday, June 2 - The Underlying Principles in Building a Japanese Garden with Bob Levine - Roxbury, CT

Saturday, June 8Erasing the Lines Leads to Good Design with Cindy Shumate - Westport, CT

Saturday, June 15Meadow Installation and Maintenance with Nora Sadler - Chadds Ford, PA

Sunday, June 23The History of Wethersfield Estate & Garden and How Its Responding to Beech Tree Blights with Alaina Mancini, Head of Horticulture and Hillary Henderson - Amenia, NY

Sunday, June 30 - Collaboration with Carolyn Tenney and Betsy Mitchell of Avant Gardens - Bedford, NY

Sunday, June 30 - The Joys and Challenges of a Meadow with Sheila Perrin and Pam Pooley - North Salem, NY

Saturday, July 6 - Vision and Revision: The Evolution of a Personal Garden with Mel and Peg Bellar - Andes, NY

Saturday, July 13 - Topiary: Art of the Clipped Form with Kerry Ann McLean, Horticulturist and Educator - Mattituck, NY

Saturday, July 13SummerHome’s Path to a Wilder Denver with Lisa Negri and Kevin Williams - Denver, CO