Digging Deeper: Looking for Little Epiphanies

Digging Deeper: Looking for Little Epiphanies

The 'Phipps Yellow' rhododendron.

Sun, May 20, 2018
10:30 AM

Nearly 100 years old, the Phipps Estate is a classic American country place with a rich horticultural history. When the 10,000 rhododendrons grown on site from seed are in peak bloom, join Superintendent George Woodard for an intimate tour of this remarkable landmark. Drawing on his thirty-five years working for the Phipps, George will give visitors a rare behind-the-scenes look at the estate. This will include the design, its extensive, historic rhododendron breeding program, contributions to horticulture and world wildlife preservation made (mostly anonymously) by Mr. & Mrs. Phipps, key organic maintenance practices including the composting and compost tea programs, and some of the more spectacular plant collections.

Trained at Cornell University, George is a noted horticulturist and garden designer. He is a member of the Hortus Club, an exclusive group of professional horticulturists, and the American Rhododendron Society, where he ran their seed exchange for many years. He is also a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

Date and time
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:30 a.m.

Howard Phipps, Jr. Estate, Old Westbury, NY
Address for this property is available by contacting the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

Registration - Registrations will also be taken at the garden for this program if space is available.
$30 members of the Garden Conservancy
$35 nonmembers

Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden destination—a $7 value. The Howard Phipps Jr. Estate is open to general Open Days visitors on this date from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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