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July 2017Bus Trip! September Soiree!
September Soiree - September 19, 2017
Join DIG IT! and the Rollin’ Garden Party Bus as we visit two magical and unusual private gardens in New York and Connecticut on Tuesday, September 19. Garden hosts will greet us and show us their gardens. Lunch is on us in a bistro setting and there is plenty of room under the bus for rare and unusual plant treasures at a 10% discount.
Stop 1: Private garden in Bedford Hills, NY, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour by the owner. This seven-acre garden includes perennial borders, three water gardens, formal vegetable garden, wildflower garden, fern garden, marsh garden, a tree platform overlooking the marshlands, and formal croquet court. The back four acres are a study in what deer do not eat.
Stop 2: A catered lunch on us at John’s Café in Woodbury, CT. Dine indoors in the bar or outdoors on the patio. Chef DeBellis will prepare a simple, fresh, scrumptious lunch for us – “New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair.” Appetizer, dessert, tax and tip are included. Drinks are on your own – not included in the lunch. Salivate here: www.johnscafe.com/
Stop 3: Broken Arrow Nursery, Growers of Rare and Unusual Plants, Hamden, CT. This renowned nursery is the elite, with a sustainable ethos, has extremely knowledgeable staff and is also a breeder of fine mountain laurels.
From the website: “Since its inception, Broken Arrow Nursery has strived to be a premiere destination nursery that acquires, develops, and grows rare, unusual, and garden-worthy plants. We offer superior quality, outstanding customer service and expert advice to gardeners and enthusiasts. The vision of Broken Arrow Nursery is to inspire a love of plants and enrich the lives of our customers through the unique, great plants we grow and knowledge we freely share.” Get ready for some fall planting with 10% off, special for us.
Stop 4: Private garden in Meriden, CT, where we will meet a man passionate about his very high-maintenance, 1/3-acre town garden. This garden is best known for its hundreds of container plantings and late season effects with annuals, tropicals and succulents.
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“Late summer and fall bring out the best in the garden. The tender plants are in their glory, having benefited from hot weather, regular watering, and consistent trimming and training. Some plant combinations turn out better than others, but it's always an adventure and a learning experience. Sometimes you lose a beautiful specimen plant you've had for years for no apparent reason. Time to bring in a replacement; maybe something entirely different. Vines have clambered upward, billowing with bloom. The garden is refreshed with cooler temperatures and shorter days. The lengthening shadows give a different look overall and there is actually time to sit and enjoy the effort—a good time for visitors, photos, stories."
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