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.

Digging Deeper programs in 2021 are listed below by state.
Please check back soon for 2022 programs


Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 2:30 p.m.: Fearless Color: Vibrant Habitat Gardens, with Keeyla Meadows, Albany, CA

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.: Fusing Art and Ecology: Dry-Stacked Stone Walls, with Andrea Hurd, Oakland, CA

Saturday, June 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.: Making Gardens Into Works of Art, with Keelya Meadows, Albany, CA

Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.: Monarchs in Your Garden, with Pam Bottaro and Sheri Powell, Santa Monica, CA

Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.: A Year-Round Vegetable Garden in Napa, with Carolyn Mehran, Oakville, CA


Sunday, June 6, 2021 | 3 p.m.: Change and Continuity: The Evolution of a Garden, with Cindy Shumate, Westport, CT

Sunday, June 6, 2021 | 10 a.m.: The Evolution of a Connecticut Garden, with Bill Reynolds and Robb Nestor, East Haddam, CT

Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 10 a.m.: Capturing the Spirit of Gardens, with Julia Cencebaugh Kloth and James Brayton Hall, Ridgefield, CT


Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 10 a.m.: Design Dialectic: Formality at Brigham Hill Farm, with Warren Leach and Shirley Williams, North Grafton, MA

Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 1:30 p.m.: Design Dialectic: Informality at Brigham Hill Farm, with Warren Leach and Shirley Williams, North Grafton, MA 

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.: A Small Space with a Big Feel, with George and Marcia Chapman, East Falmouth, MA

Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.: A Summer Seaside Garden, with Nan Sinton, Edgartown, MA

Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.: Shaping Space, with Nan Sinton, South Dartmouth, MA

New Hampshire

Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.: 50 Years in a Garden, a Constant Evolution, with Eleanor Briggs and issima Nursery, Hancock, NH

New York

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.: The Garden and the House, an Immutable Relationship, with Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer, Millbrook, NY

Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Essence of Place: Slow Gardening at Innisfree, with Kate Kerin, Millbrook, NY

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.: Designing for the Future with Cues from the Past, with Leslie Needham, Bedford, NY

Sunday, June 20, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.: Rooted in Place: An Architect's Garden in the Country, with Larry Wente, Millerton, NY

Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.: Unusual Edibles: Treasures for Garden and Table, with Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano, Stone Ridge, NY

Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.: A Chef's Garden in the Catskills, with Andrew Koehn, Hunter, NY

Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.: Simple Ways to Grow and Use Ayurvedic Herbs, with Indira Rajan, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 2 p.m.: Beyond Natives: Using Local Ecotypes, with Emily Rauch, Pound Ridge, NY

Saturday, August 21, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.: Land Trusts: Preserving and Managing Open Space, with Pam Pooley, North Salem, NY

Sunday, August 22, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.: Wilding Walls, Fruiting Fences, with Shobha Vanchiswar and Murali Mani, Chappaqua, NY

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.: Brooklyn's Cultural Oasis - Prospect Park, with Jabari Taylor and Horatio Joyce, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 12 p.m.: The Evolution of a New American Garden, with Donald Pell, Phoenixville, PA
Rhode Island

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.: A Historic Landscape to Console and Inspire, with Kelly Perry, Providence, RI

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.: Challenges of Urban Gardens in Historic Settings, with Mary Worrell and Angela Deller, Providence, RI

Saturday, June 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.: Landscape in Translation: Arts & Crafts Ideals in the 21st Century ,with John Tschirch, Fred Perry, and Gail Read, Bristol, RI


Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.: Bunker Farm Plants, with Helen O'Donnell, Dummerston, VT

Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.: Spirit of Place, with Bill Noble and Susan Howard, Norwich, VT

Friday, July 16, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.: Medieval Vermont: Creating an Ancient Property, with Rick Richter, Susan Richter, and Dan Snow, Springfield, VT



Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 2:30 p.m.: The Root of It! History, Restoration, and Poetry in Anne Spencer's Garden, with Shaun Spencer-Hester, Jane White, and T.J. Anderson, Lynchburg, VA