Digging Deeper, exclusive and site-specific programs – including informal talks, tours, and demonstrations with experts of every stripe, and family-oriented activities – invite Open Days participants to take a closer look at the garden world. The idea is to dig deep and have fun!
Certain Digging Deeper programs may require additional fees and advance registration through the links on each event or by calling our toll-free order line, 1.888.842.2442, 9 – 5 ET.
2018 Digging Deeper programs include:
Saturday, April 14 | 11 AM: The Budget-Wise Gardener; at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY
Sunday, April 29: Westchester County, NY Open Day
The Magic of Making More Plants: A Workshop for Kids at The White Garden in Lewisboro, NY
Saturday, May 5: Northern New Jersey Open Day
Sharpening Your Garden Tools, with Michael Clayton at the Hay Honey Farm in Far Hills, NJ.
Saturday, May 5: Mendocino County, CA Open Day
At the Mullins Mendocino Stonezone in Gualala, CA:
Throughout the day - Stone work demonstrations and Q & A with lead project craftsmen, John Shaw-Rimmington from Port Hope, Canada, Kevin Carman from Art City in Ventura, California, and John Fisher of Fort Bragg, California.
2 PM - Bonsai styling and presentation and display with award-winning bonsai expert Bob Shimon.
At the Gualala Arts Center in Gualala, CA:
Throughout the day - Stone work demonstrations with Stone Foundation members/artists Kevin Carman and John Shaw-Rimmington will answer questions about their stone installations at the Gualala Arts Center.
1 PM - Executive Director David “Sus" Susalla will give tours of the Global Harmony Sculpture Garden.
Sunday, May 6 | 11 AM & 1 PM: The Spring Vegetable Garden To Do List with Alan Gorkin; at Sleepy Cat Farm, Greenwich, CT
Sunday, May 6 | 10 AM-4 PM: Fairfield County, CT Open Day
Family Scavenger Hunt at Sleepy Cat Farm in Greenwich, CT
Saturday, May 12 | 10:30 AM: Spring Beauties—An Early Season Garden Workshop with Lynden Miller; at the Garden of Lynden Miller, Sharon, CT
Saturday, May 12 | 10 AM: An Evocative Vision—The Designers’ Country Place with Peter van Hattum; at Hertenhof, East Hampton, NY
Saturday, May 19 | 4 PM: Thematic Garden Planning with Tom Karwin; at Tom Karwin’s Garden, Santa Cruz, CA
Saturday, May 19: Westchester County, NY Open Day
2 PM - Tovah Martin's Bootcamp for the Senses, at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, NY.
Sunday, May 20 | 10:30 AM: Looking for Little Epiphanies with George Woodard; at Howard Phipps, Jr. Estate, Old Westbury, NY
Saturday, May 26: Suffolk County, NY Open Day
At Edwina von Gal’s Marsh House in East Hampton, NY:
10:30 AM to 4 PM - Tea For Two, the Soil and You!
11 AM & 3 PM - Guided Garden Tours with Edwina von Gal
2 PM - Perfect Earth Seed Bomb Workshop
Saturday, June 2: Fairfield County, CT Open Day
11 AM & 3 PM - Elements of Historical Garden Design—Bringing Ideas of the Past into Gardens of Today, with garden designer Laura Stabell at Horsefeathers in Redding, CT.
Saturday, June 2: Litchfield County, CT Open Day
3 PM - Ornamental Herbs—Savory and Stunning with Tovah Martin, at the Garden of Glen Hillman in Litchfield, CT.
Saturday, June 2: Mendocino County, CA Open Day
1 PM - Executive Director, David “Sus" Susalla will give tours of the Global Harmony Sculpture Garden, at the Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA.
Saturday, June 2: Frederick County, MD Open Day
At High Glen Gardens in Frederick, MD, exective director Peter Couchman and the staff of High Glen Gardens will offer free guided tours hourly.
At Surreybrooke in Middletown, MD, staff members will lead informative discussions on the plantings as well as the history of the gardens, outbuildings, and the Civil War-era house.
3 PM - at Long Creek Homestead in Frederick, MD, Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, with permaculture teacher and ecological garden designer Michael Judd.
Saturday, June 9: Hartford County, CT Open Day
At the Salsedo Family Garden, guided garden tours and discussion of five basic tenants that every gardener can adopt in their own yard: sustainable organic lawn care, use of native plants, fostering a healthy environment without the use of pesticides, creating a biodiverse landscape, and practicing good ecology by recycling all the organic matter back into the landscape, with garden hosts Carl & Beth Salsedo in Burlington, CT.
Sunday, June 10 | 12 PM: Boxwood for the Future at Georgetown Garden—Nancy Gray Pyne, Georgetown, DC
Saturday, June 16 | 4 PM: Succession Planting for Mere Mortals; at Michael & Betsy Gordon's Garden, Peterborough, NH
Sunday, June 17 | 11 AM: Skillful or Showy—Placing Ornament in the Garden; at Barbara Israel’s Garden, Katonah, NY
Sunday, June 17 | 4 PM: A Walking Design Workshop; at Gordon & Mary Hayward's Garden, Westminster West, VT
Saturday, June 23: Mendocino County, CA Open Day
At Digging Dog Nursery and the Private Gardens of Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway in Albion, CA:
1 PM - Join renowned specialty growers and garden designers, Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway, for a guided tour of their home garden.
3 PM - Join Deborah Whigham, co-owner of Digging Dog Nursery, and Patricia Smyth, Japanese maple expert and owner of Essence of the Tree, for a demonstration on selecting the perfect Japanese maple and companion plants for a container that will look beautiful through the changing seasons, plus caring for your tree so it will last for decades.
Saturday, June 23 | 3 PM: The Gardens at Halcyon Lodge; with Pamela Miles in Lake Forest, IL
Saturday, June 23: Saratoga Springs Area, NY Open Day
2:30 PM - Shades of Green—The Lush Beauty of a Shady Garden, with Garden Host Wynne Trowbridge at Shades of Green in Charlton, NY.
Sunday, June 24 | 3 – 5 PM: Garden Enchantment—An Afternoon at Camp Rosemary; at Camp Rosemary, Lake Forest, IL
Sunday, June 24: Columbia County, NY Open Day
A Meadow Restoration Through the Seasons—Late Spring, with owner and artist Linda Horn, land stewardship designer Barbara Hughey, and landscape designer Heather Grimes at the Garden of Linda Horn in Spencertown, NY.
Saturday, June 30 | 11 AM & 1 PM: Up Close & Personal with MARvelous, Mar Jennings; at Green Isle, Westport, CT
Saturday, July 7 | 10 AM: A Tapestry Garden—The Art of Weaving Plants and Place; at Northwest Garden Nursery, Eugene, OR
Saturday, July 14: Aspen Area, CO Open Day
11 AM - Guided garden tours of Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, CO. A property of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Rock Bottom Ranch is a hub for environmental education, wildlands preservation, and sustainable agriculture.
Saturday, July 14: Suffolk County, NY Open Day
At Edwina von Gal’s Marsh House in East Hampton, NY:
10:30 AM to 4 PM - Tea For Two, the Soil and You!
11 AM - Guided Garden Tours with Edwina von Gal
12 PM - Beneficial Bugs Workshop and Bug Release
1 to 3 PM - The Dirt on Soil Health
Saturday, July 14 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Subtle and Mysterious Beauty—Exotic Plants and Asian Ideas in a Hamptons Garden; at Yugen, East Hampton, NY
Saturday, July 14: Portland, OR Open Day
At the Anna's Garden in Portland, Timber Press authors Amy Campion and Paul Bonine will be signing their new book Gardening in the Pacific Northwest.
At Eastman-Griffin garden in Portland, Timber Press author Donald Olson will be signing his award-winning book The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia as well as his new book The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State.
At the Garden Fever! garden center in Portland, attend a free seminar about succulents; 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.
At Thicket Garden Shop in Portland, attend a free seminar about pollinators; 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM.
Sunday, July 22 | 3 – 5 PM: Garden Enchantment—An Afternoon at Camp Rosemary; at Camp Rosemary, Lake Forest, IL
Sunday, July 22: Chicago's North Shore, IL Open Day
At Mettawa Manor in Mettawa, IL, longtime Open Days hosts Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra invite guests of all ages to spend the day touring their extraordinary garden and enjoying many special activities throughout the day, including beekeeper demonstration, 1 to 2:30 PM.
Saturday, August 4 | 10 AM: Confessions of a Prairie Plant Addict; at Abeel House Prairie, Catskill, NY
Saturday, August 18: Columbia County, NY Open Day
A Meadow Restoration Through the Seasons—High Summer, with owner and artist Linda Horn, land stewardship designer Barbara Hughey, and landscape designer Heather Grimes at the Garden of Linda Horn in Spencertown, NY.
Saturday, August 25: New London County, CT Open Day
At Stone Acres Farm in Stonington, CT, join landscape historian and Garden Conservancy Fellow Judith Tankard for a signing of her latest book, Ellen Shipman and the American Garden.
Saturday, August 25 | 3:30 PM & 5 PM: Natural is for Wimps—Training Plants into Extraordinary Shapes; at Garden of Louis Raymond & Richard Ericson, Hopkinton, RI
Sunday, September 9: Fairfield County, CT Open Day
3 PM - Art and Science in the Garden, with garden designer Laura Stabell at the Harris Garden in Wilton, CT.
Sunday, September 9 | 12 PM: Boxwood for the Future; at Jardin de Buis, Pottersville, NJ
Sunday, September 9 | 1 PM: Compost Tea for Healthy Soil and Healthy Gardens; at Jardin de Buis, Pottersville, NJ
Sunday, September 16 | 4 – 5:30 PM: Garden Bounty with Chef Seen Lippert; at Sleepy Cat Farm, Greenwich, CT
Saturday, September 22 | 10 AM: Amazing Annuals—Usual, Unusual, and Where to Find Them; at Copperheads, Dover Plains, NY
Saturday, September 22 | 2 PM: Made By Hand—Ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller's Garden and Art; at Christopher Spitzmiller’s Clove Brook Farm, Millbrook, NY
Sunday, September 23 | 1 PM: Unusual Edibles—Treasures for Garden and Table; at Hortus Conclusus, Stone Ridge, NY
Sunday, September 30 | 4 - 6 PM: Topiary Dreams–Creating A Green Menagerie; at Where the Wild Things Are, Greenwich, CT
Saturday, October 13 | 1 – 3 PM: An Autumn Afternoon with Linda Allard at Highmeadows; at Highmeadows, Washington, CT
Sunday, November 4 | 4 PM: In the Pink—Autumn in a California Garden; at the Marek/Bernatz Garden, Santa Monica, CA
Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 9 AM - 12 PM: Hardwood Cuttings Workshop with Dan Hinkley; at Heronswood, Kingston, WA