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Garden Conservancy hosts NNY event

Garden Conservancy hosts NNY event

On July 21, three private gardens in Chaumont, Watertown and Wellesley Island will participate in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program for the first time, welcoming the public to visit from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Open Day will be held rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Admission is $7 per private garden; ages 12 and under will be admitted for free. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit for more information.Included on the July 21 Open Day:n Lakeside Quarry Garden, 11563 County Route 125, Chaumont — This garden is built around a summer home on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. In some places the homeowner has cleaned the shallow surface soil off the limestone bedrock and created flowerbeds where the rock cracks are deep. There are five ponds, fossils and waves of glacially cut bedrock. In mid-July the daylilies and Asiatic lilies will be in full bloom. The 1½-acre property allows for a lakeside stroll past the homeowner’s current project: an enormous (100-feet by thirty-feet) flat rock surface that will eventually have elements of a Japanese garden.n The Walton Garden, 17428 Old Rome Road, Watertown — Extensive country is the setting for annuals, perennials, shrubbery and manmade focal points, such as a large pond with fountain surrounded by dry-stacked limestone wall. There is a large stone structure simulating the gable end of an old stone house, including a large fireplace and a waterfall into a small pool, and a sunken stone-walled patio with an elaborate pergola. The gardens include many large antique urns, antique statues, and treillage, or trellis, obelisks.n Cross Island Farms, 44301 Cross Island Road, Wellesley Island — Over the past six years Dani Baker, co-owner of Cross Island Farms, has developed just under an acre of her certified organic farm as a multi-functional “enchanted edible forest” garden encompassing numerous permaculture principles and practices. The garden contains more than 350 cultivars of fruits, nuts, berries, flowers and other edibles. The garden is designed to be wheelchair accessible. It is elegantly landscaped, including a number of native limestone patios, two small ponds, and a bridge, trellis and gates fashioned from native white cedar. The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens. Since 1995, the Garden Conservancy’s award-winning Open Days has welcomed more than a million visitors into thousands of private landscapes – from urban rooftops to organic farms, historic estates to innovative suburban lots — in 41 states.
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Garden Conservancy hosts NNY event

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