The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program has been letting the curious into beautiful private gardens around the country since 1995, and Suffolk's days are coming up next month.
Here's how it works: Different dates throughout the season are designated "open days" in different regions around the United States. When the program comes to town, visitors pay a $5 admission fee (children under 12 are free) 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.
This year, you'll get to explore 3 private gardens in Cutchogue and Mattituck, which will be open to the public for self-guided tours on July 9 and 10. No reservations required and the tours run rain or shine.
Special highlights include an arbor covered with clematis and other vines, views of nearby vineyards, a formal knot garden and various garden rooms, as well as a collection of tropical and exotic container plantings.
Here are the details:
Saturday, July 9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors may begin at any of the following locations: Garden of Manfred and Roberta Lee (26850 Main Rd., Cutchogue), Garden of Maurice Isaac and Ellen Coster Isaac (4835 Oregon Rd., Mattituck) or the Garden of Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith (120 East Mill Rd., Mattituck). You'll see an overflowing rose and perennial garden centered on an axis of brick pathways, extensive outdoor sculpture, and a specimen tree collection with a focus on beech varieties. >> More details about these gardens
Sunday, July 10; hours vary
Visitors may begin at any of the following locations: Garden of Arlene Bujese (40 Whooping Hollow Road, East Hampton, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Garden of Carol Mercer (33 Ocean Ave., East Hampton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Garden of Susan and Louis Meisel (81 Wilkes Lane, Sagaponack, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ) Directions to a fourth garden in Amagansett will be provided at the other locations. >>More details about these gardens
For more information, go to opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy during business hours at 888-842-2442.