The Garden Convservancy's Open Days program has been letting the curious into beautiful private gardens around the country since 1995, and Nassau's day is coming up. Here's how it works: Different dates throughout the season are designated "open days" in different regions around the U.S. When the program comes to town, visitors pay a $5 admission fee for each garden they'd like to visit, and the proceeds benefit the Open Days program and go toward initiatives that help build awareness of The Garden Conservancy's work of preserving exceptional local American gardens and preservation projects.
Nassau County's Open Day is Saturday, May 21, and the proceeds from the event will benefit the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck. Self-guided tours on the circuit are in East Norwich, Glen Head, Lloyd Harbor and Locust Valley. A tour and plant sale at the Humes garden will be ongoing throughout the day, so visitors can stop by before or after tours (admission is $7; visit humesjapanesestrollgarden.org for details).
No reservations are necessary, so you can just show up and pay as you go. These four gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Kreye Garden (1 Split Rock Rd., East Norwich)
Oak Tree Cottage and Gardens (21 Central Dr., Glen Head)
Fox Meadow Hidden Gardens (3 Fox Meadow Lane, Lloyd Harbor)
Carol and Jim Large's Garden (14 Underhill Rd., Locust Valley)
For more details, visit opendaysprogram.org or call 888-842-2442.