Gardening with the Masters!

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 "hidden garden"

The "hidden garden"

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 ogleDSCN4733 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 DSCN4715which 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.DSCN4734


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to Gardening with the Masters!

  1. The tour garden looks great, so full of lush plantings. The path, large rocks and simple bench all suit the site too. It looks lie it would be a good garden to tour and pick up some ideas.


  2. Kim says:

    I would love to visit that garden! Thanks for sharing it.


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