Sunday, June 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program in Marblehead

On Sunday, June 27th, explore three private gardens in Marblehead, open to the public through The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Admission to each private garden is $5. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit for more information.

At The Fettyplace-Bowden House (15 Waldron Court, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) local stone, ancient cut granite, and bluestone were used to create raised and sunken planting beds, a patio, and paths. Colonies of many prized and unusual perennials, edibles, over-wintered annuals, shrubs, and trees cover every available piece of ground as well as the roof of a wood storage alcove. The gardens at Grey Gulls (429 Ocean Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) feature sinuous beds mirroring the surrounding curves of shore and sea, hundreds of unusual annuals, perennials, and bulbs thrive, and a whimsical vegetable garden includes heirloom varieties, climbing vines, and delectable berries. At The Parable – Ellen Cool’s Garden (19 Circle Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the landscape represents a gathering of the longest blooming and otherwise most pleasing hardy perennials, dwarf and unusual trees, shrubs, and vines, chosen for foliage and/or other reliable attributes to keep the garden freshly lovely from May through October. This is the working space as well as the display garden of a landscape designer, so there are stone features, garden buildings, tools, books, and working systems that may provide some added ideas for your own garden work.

These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2010 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by their owners.  The directory includes garden listings in 21 states and costs $21.95 including shipping. Visit or call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516.  Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.

The 2010 Open Days Program is generously sponsored by Garden Design Magazine as its National Media Sponsor.  The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days Program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created. The Open Days Program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide.