Planning for Open Days 2021


Gardens are good for health; our planning for 2021 aims to keep it that way!

We are collecting specific data about our 2021 Open Day gardens so that we can orchestrate safe garden visits for everyone: visitors, hosts, and volunteers. As the health situation continues to be uncertain, visitor numbers may be limited. Pre-registered tickets may be one of the options we put in place, as necessary, to assure safe and wonderful adventures through the gate and down the garden path. The latest state and federal guideline and recommendations will always be heeded. Even without these added health precautions, which may change and unfold over the Open Days season, we always encourage you to verify in advance the latest status of all Open Days events and other educational programs on our website. Up-to-date information will be posted promptly here, along with new additions, the latest webinars, and current events. Please check back in March for information on registering for 2021 Open Days.


Kentucky and Tennessee to return, South Carolina to expand in 2021

Planning is well underway for our 2021 season of Open Days. We look forward to welcoming back the states of Kentucky and Tennessee to our Open Days program next year and are delighted that we will be also expanding Open Days in South Carolina.

In South Carolina, an Open Day at Campobello, just north of Spartanburg, will include the garden (above) of Betty and Walter Montgomery, originally designed by Richard Webel of Innocenti and Webel. Hydrangeas are an important element in this garden and are the topic of Betty’s second book, Hydrangeas: How to Grow, Cultivate, and Enjoy (James Richards, publisher, 2017), in which she shares her knowledge of growing them for more than twenty years.


Both Open Days founders, Page Dickey and Pepe Maynard, plan to share their new gardens in 2021

Church House, the home and garden of Page Dickey and Bosco Schell in Falls Village, CT

Twenty-six years ago, Page Dickey and Pepe Maynard joined forces to create the first season of Open Days, having already obtained the blessing of Frank Cabot to do so under the auspices of the Garden Conservancy. In 2021, they each plan to open their respective new gardens—Page in Falls Village, CT, and Pepe in Groton, MA—as part of the Open Days program.


The garden of Pepe and John Maynard in Groton, MA


Other highlights: new gardens, new partners

We're also excited to have a number of new gardens plan to join or re-join Open Days in 2021, plus at least one new nonprofit partner!

Here are few sneak previews:

NEW YORK
Columbia County:  Malin+Goetz Garden
Dutchess County:  Lossing Manor
Suffolk County, Eastern Long Island: Roundhouse Garden
Putnam County: Rumford Hall
Westchester County: Highview

RHODE ISLAND
Providence Preservation Society, new nonprofit partner

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee area:
Dragonfly Farm
The Sievert Garden     
Radler’s Rosarium