Little Compton, RI
Plant Collection, Plant Sale, Open Days
Sakonnet Garden is an exotic cottage garden imbedded within a native coastal-fields landscape, a long-term project of John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli. It is a many decades, ongoing experiment in design, scale, and plantings. The acre-size main woodland garden is subdivided into a series of fourteen spaces separated by high windbreak hedges and stone walls. The whole is described as an outdoor folly. Each space has its own mood and horticultural objective. The yellow garden is planted with chartreuse or variegated foliage to catch sunlight on foggy coastal days. Elsewhere a silver zone has spires of weeping spruce emerging from pewter-colored foliage; another evokes the exuberant foliage of the subtropics, its centerpiece being a red Mughal pavilion imported from India. A Gothic woodpile is one of multiple tall wind-barriers installed to create microclimates for the experimental growing of plants rarely seen in Zone 7. A new one-acre pollinator-plus summer garden is adjacent, designed as a biodiversity maze for production of butterfly caterpillars and nectar for pollinating insects. Sakonnet’s spring Open Days for 2018 on Memorial Day weekend should occur at the garden’s peak of spring bloom. Late tulips and hundreds of trilliums and other woodland wildflowers should be in flower. Blue poppies, blue Camassias, a gaudy azalea hedge and rhododendron punchbowl, a confection of pinks and whites, should be in full bloom.
For more details, go to www.sakonnetgarden.com.
Specialty nurseries on site to sell plants include:
Opus Nursery – Ed Bowen’s new perennials and rare plants
Broken Arrow Nursery – wonderful, hardy woody trees, shrubs
Rare Find Nursery – new shrubs, rhododendrons, perennials
Peckham’s Greenhouse – perennials from a local family nursery
Avant Gardens – the best perennials and woodies
Directions: From north, it is about 5.6 miles south of traffic light at Tiverton Four Corners (with Gray’s Ice Cream stand). It is on left 0.07 mile after sign “to Commons” and just after Taylor’s Lane. Small sign on tree reads “510”. Park along street.
Open Days 2018: May 26 & 27
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SPECIAL PRICING FOR OPEN DAYS AT THIS LOCATION IS $20 PER PERSON. Supports Sakonnet Garden, local wild meadow restoration and the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Please note that Open Days tickets are not accepted during these Open Days.