The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program begins the 2012 Northeast season with a tour of the garden of Dr. Nickolas Nickou and Carol Hanby on Sunday, May 20, from 10 – 3, with guided tours at 10:45 and 1Â pm. This three-acre garden features many species and varieties of mature rhododendrons and azaleas. In addition, there are many rare trees and shrubs from China and Japan, coupled with woodland flowering plants, ferns, Japanese primulas, and other bog plants.
Directions: To get to 107 Sunset Hill Drive in Branford, From I-95, take Exit 55 and go east on Route 1; if traveling north turn right at end of ramp; south, turn left. Go 0.4 mile and turn right onto Fearbed Lane. Go to end, about 1 mile. Turn left onto Damascus Road and go 200 feet then turn right onto Griffing Pond Road. Go 0.5 mile to driveway on left with yellow fire hydrant at #107. (Griffing Pond goes into Sunset Hill Road in 0.5 mile). Ignore first right after getting on Griffing Pond for Sunset Hill Drive as this is long way around hill to #107. Please park along road. (Note: some paths are rough and steep.)Â Complete details may be found at www.gardenconservancy.org.