Visit six of the Triangle’s prettiest private gardens during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.
Four gardens are in Raleigh, one in Cary and one in Apex. Their owners will welcome visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to each garden is $5 and children 12 and under are free. The tours will be held rain or shine and no reservations are required.
Begin your tour at any of the gardens. They are:
• Rita’s Garden, 103 Beechtree Court, Apex.
• English Garden - Woodland Paradise, 105 Oakmist Drive, Cary.
• Garden of Frances Alvarino Norwood and John Norwood, 6401 Litchford Road, Raleigh.
• Garden of Nancy and John Brothers, 1205 Westmoreland Drive, Raleigh.
• JoAnn’s Garden, 8240 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh.
• Under the Loblolly Pines, 4904 Hermitage Drive, Raleigh.
You’ll see several shade gardens, an intensive vegetable garden, a former French-style parterre and rose garden, among other highlights.
The Triangle gardens are featured with others from 19 states in the 2013 “Open Days Directory” published by the Garden Conservancy, a New York-based group that launched the private-garden tours in 1995 to showcase outstanding examples of design and horticulture. Gardens in 19 states are included the directory.
Info: 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org