On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, visit eight private gardens in Erie, Fairview, North East, and Wattsburg, open through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to each garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.

Special highlights of the gardens include a primrose path, a tea porch in the trees, several bog gardens, rhododendron and azalea collections, views of Lake Erie, and many child-friendly features such as tepees, a miniature log cabin, and a “Hansel and Gretel” path through the woods.

Visitors may begin the tour on either date at any of the participating gardens:

The Garden on “The Hill”, 4851 Wolf Road, Erie

Brier Hill Garden, 6721 Brier Hill Road, Fairview

Heavenly Gardens, 500 Dutch Road, Fairview

Grimshaw Glen, 11274 Curtis Road, North East

Soul Safari – The Gardens of Brett & Kitty Maloney, 11501 Cole Road, North East

Geoff & Sue McCreary’s Moments, 10900 Sunset Drive, North East

Woodgrange Gardens of John & Char Piper, 10046 East Lake Road, North East

Lilies of the Field Gardens, 9638 Haskell Hill Road, Wattsburg

These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2011 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 eighteen states and costs $21.95 including shipping.

Visit www.opendaysprogram.org 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 2011 Open Days program is generously sponsored by Fine Gardening magazine as its National Media Sponsor. Fine Gardening magazine brings you breathtaking design ideas, helpful techniques, and the know-how to get great results in your own garden.

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. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days program online at www.opendaysprogram.org.

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