Digging Deeper: Topiary Dreams—Creating A Green Menagerie

Digging Deeper: Topiary Dreams—Creating A Green Menagerie

Photo: ChiChi Ubiña

Where the Wild Things Are (For a Little Bit Longer) – The Garden of Lucy and Nat Day

Sun, Sep 30 
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Designed to amaze and amuse, Where the Wild Things Are is a private world of fanciful topiaries tucked away in Greenwich, Connecticut. Working with Matt Larkin, acclaimed topiarist, landscape and interior designer, and creator/owner of the Open Days favorite Black Barn Farm in the Berkshires, Lucy and Nat Day have developed one of the finest topiary gardens in North America.

Join all three to explore this ancient art – Matt will detail how to create and maintain topiaries – and hear the story of how this garden evolved from dream to reality. Lucy, Nat, and Matt will also describe its next chapter and the fortuitous confluence events that have made a truly innovative example of garden preservation possible. 

The Days are selling their house and have donated their extraordinary creations to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Matt chairs the BBG board so will have a continued role in the new life for these topiaries at a public garden, including overseeing their move, positioning them, and training staff there to properly maintain them. “We are delighted to preserve the essence of our beloved garden, especially in a public setting where these topiaries will be enjoyed by so many people,” says Lucy Day. Later this fall, a specialty plant mover will dig the topiaries and transport them to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, where they will be used to create “Lucy’s Garden,” expected to open next June.

Refreshments will be served and the Days hope you will toast the topiaries and enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres. The first floor of their historic 1901 house (including an addition filled with contemporary art and sculpture) and their Machin greenhouse will be open to visitors during this very special Digging Deeper.

Location
Where the Wild Things Are
1 Hillside Drive
Greenwich, CT

Date and time
Sunday, September 30
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration
$60 Garden Conservancy members
$70 nonmembers
Online registration is now closed - please register at the garden on Sunday for this program.

Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden destination—a $7 value. Where the Wild Things Are will be open to general Open Days visitors on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Days will be welcoming Open Days visitors and holding a green elephant sale of choice garden items including pots, tools, and other miscellany with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Garden Conservancy.  Your Digging Deeper registration includes regular Open Days admission to this garden, so if you would like to drop by early to shop their sale (and help the Garden Conservancy even more!), you can simply check in at the desk when you arrive both early and late.

For more information, call 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.

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