Westonite’s garden open to public for a day

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The Frances Palmer in Weston is one of four private gardens participating in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program on Sunday, Sept. 16. —Photo courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

On Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 to 4, The Garden Conservancy presents its annual Open Days program for this month.

Garden lovers will have the opportunity to explore four private gardens in the area — in Bethel, New Canaan, Redding and Weston — which will be open for self-guided tours to benefit the conservancy.

Highlights include a 10,000-square-foot kitchen garden and other extensive edible plantings, formal sunken gardens, fountains and classical statuary, an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, an orchestrated meadow garden, and a cutting garden with more than 100 different varieties of dahlias.

Visitors may begin at any of the following locations: the garden of Frances Palmer, 313 Georgetown Road, Weston; Pamela Page’s garden, Ho Hum Hollow Farms, 200 Chestnut Ridge, Road, Bethel; Dogwood Hill, 1000 Ponus Ridge Road, New Canaan. Directions to the Marocco Garden in Redding will be available at these locations.

The Weston garden is a large cutting garden next to Frances Palmer’s pottery studio that peaks in September. Her “Alice in Wonderland flowers,” including dahlias in more than 100 different shapes and colors — from small “poms” to large “dinner plate” varieties — inspire her ceramics and photography.

According to The Garden Conservancy, “Colors and textures abound, dahlias interweave with tomatoes, zinnias, amaranth, sunflowers and herbs.”

No reservations are required. The tours take place rain or shine.

The cost for the Open Days tours are $5 per garden; children 12 and under are admitted free.

For more information, visit opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy at 888-842-2442.

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