So for the past several weeks, I have been helping two Master Gardeners prepare for the “Gardening with the Masters” tour. Every two years, Rhode Island Master Gardeners open their gardens to the public for an entire weekend. This year, the tour takes place on July 18th and 19th, rain or shine. I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview of one of the more interesting properties.
The tour represents a tremendous amount of work – by the garden creators and by the volunteers who are helping them prepare. There will be 39 gardens on display this year, 33 of which are at private residences.
I am fortunate to be working in one of the loveliest gardens of them all, designed by a couple who focus on native plants, sustainability, and the conservation of resources. There are also some magnificent container gardens to ogle here (in 2007, they were featured in Better Homes and Gardens) and three sheds – one for potting, one for tools, and a third shed that serves as a charming studio retreat.
This garden is in a more urban area, but once you start wandering the wooded paths, you feel as though you stepped into a country oasis. The focal point is a very natural looking waterfall which flows into a pond filled with fat, happy fish.
Everywhere you turn, there’s an interesting spot that encourages you to pause and examine a planting, or just sit, listen to the birds and the flowing water, and enjoy the peaceful, woodland vibe.
For more details of the tour and information on where to buy tickets, click on the “Gardening with the Masters” link on the right of this page.