Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum

Raleigh area Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also Benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum

Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9 – 5

Sunday, September 20, 2009 from noon – 5

Lead Garden


4415 Beryl Road



Rose Cottage


Rose Cottage is an intimate city garden located in Raleigh’s downtown historic district. The gardens arose out of an old graveled parking lot. This once barren spot has been transformed into a lush and tranquil oasis of color and fragrance. It abounds with a large variety of plants. The garden setting include perennial beds, a parterre filled with a annuals, a pergola draped in wisteria, a woodland garden, raised vegetable beds, a secret garden and a compost operation. The latest addition is a garden cottage, as charming as it is useful.

Jim and Sharon Bright

115 N. Bloodworth Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

Helen’s Haven


Low Boxwood hedges are used to create a formal atmosphere to complement the formal architecture of this Georgian Colonial style home. Within these hedges are informal plantings of perennials and annuals to attract butterflies, birds and bees. Helen’s Haven is a certified wildlife habitat and a certified Monarch Watch Station. Using waterwise design principles and watered with harvested rain, this organic garden demonstrates good environmental practices resulting in a colorful, lush garden. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens watching the butterflies alight and seeing enough birds to delight.

Helen Yoest

3412 Yelverton Circle

Raleigh, NC 27612

Paisley Garden


Avid do-it-yourselfers, Julia and Alfredo’s one acre garden reflects their passion for plant collections displayed in a paisley pattern of color and whim that is still evolving. In the heart of the garden is a stone-bordered pond with a stream and waterfall. Gentle paths meander through woodlands and sunny spaces. A vine-covered arbor provides a restful sitting area. In the front garden, a new vegetable garden greets visitors. A propagation greenhouse, shed, potting bench, and compost bins are located in the garden nursery.

Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar

37 Leinden Lane

Raleigh, NC 27606


The Thompson Garden


The beauty of this suburban garden begins at street side where a path beckons you to enter and share in this preview of the abundant plantings that follow. The front garden is a delight of shrubs and perennials showcasing a spectacular thread leaf Japanese maple. Upon entering the brick walkway at the arbor you view a gently sloping garden with curved borders and pathways outlined with recycled concrete. These recycled concrete borders and retaining walls are consistent throughout the garden. Beds are richly planted with perennials, featuring a mix of native and specialty plants including tropicals, all in perfect harmony. A small pond can be found along the network of twisting trails that lead through the woods to a community lake. Each area of this garden will elicit a sense of discovery and serendipity in plants, woods and water.

Kathleen and Walt Thompson

119 Ravenna Way

Cary, NC 27513





Phil Abbot & Jayme Bednarczyk

1025 Traders Trail

Wake Forest, NC 27587

Falls Revival


An historic valley provides the setting for this garden, overlooking a hillside cemetery, a quaint little church, and a cluster of old millhouses. Mature trees, remnant vineyards and orchards, heirloom shrubs, and a casual cottage style all help to anchor this garden in that nostalgic world. A backyard nursery, boasting a wide range of exotic and unusual plants, adds an unusual twist; here is a collector’s garden with traditional roots but with a fresh eye for the new and different, fending for itself against modern-day environmental pressures.

Martin and Bottoms

12150 Falls of Neuse Road

Wake Forest, NC 27587



11 OLD POSTAL ROAD P.O. BOX 219 COLD SPRING, NEW YORK 10516 845-265-5384/5392 F


February 3, 2009

Garden Conservancy Tour Highlights Some of Raleigh Area’s Best Private Gardens

and Showcases JC Raulston Arboretum

COLD SPRING, N.Y.: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program returns to Raleigh, North Carolina this autumn, featuring six private gardens to visit on Saturday, September 19 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 20 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). This years’ tour also included a Cary Garden and two gardens in Wake Forest.

Gardens participating on these two dates feature European influences, gardening for nature, traditional styles, sustainable garden ideas, kitchen gardens, as well as, “Southern-style” plantings and plant collections with a nursery.

A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of North Carolina State University. Visitors may start their tour at the Arboretum at 4415 Beryl Road in Raleigh or go directly to the individual garden of choice. Discount tickets may be purchased in advance or entrance to the gardens can be ‘pay as you go’ with a fee of just $5.00 per garden, collected at each garden entrance.

Call 1-888-842-2442 or visit for more information. For local ticket information, please contact Ann Porter JC Raulston Arboretum at 1- 919-513-3826. Open Days are rain or shine and no reservations are required.

For detailed driving directions and vivid garden descriptions of the Raleigh gardens, you may refer to the 2009 Open Days Directory. The national edition includes garden listings in 23 states and costs $21.95, including shipping. Call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa or MasterCard, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY, 10516.

The 2009 Open Days Program is sponsored by W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America’s most trusted name in gardening for 125 years, providing seeds, plants, gardening supplies and accessories for the home gardener. The Open Days Program is also pleased to have Garden Design magazine as its National Media Sponsor.

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program has been opening the gates to America’s best private gardens since 1995. The Open Days Program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide. Your $5 admission fee per garden supports the expansion of the Open Days Program around the country and helps build awareness of the Garden Conservancy’s work of preserving exceptional American gardens such as Montrose in Hillsborough, the Elizabeth Lawrence garden in Charlotte, North Carolina and Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days Program online at




  1. Joe Lamp'l said

    Wow, who needs Portland or Seattle when you have beautiful gardens like this…well, o.k, I do, but still these are fantastic. I love the idea of getting to preview them ahead of the mad rush of Garden Writers that will be pouring in on them during the conference tours. Trying to get a good perspective and decent photo at that time is next to impossible.
    Helen, as your down-the-road neighbor, maybe I should find a date to get up there for a serious photo shoot and tour. Might you be the right person to arrange that????

  2. You betcha, Joe. I have others, as well – this is my fourth year leading the Raleigh area Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour. I have last years summaries up on my blog to – look under Garden Conservancy and scroll down, July 22, 2008.

    You know where to find me…

  3. AWESOME! Thank you so much for sneak peak. These gardens are lovely.

    I can almost hear that beautiful waterfall on the Paisley garden!

    Wish I lived closer so I could come early too – I could carry camera equipment for Joe or something. Ha ha!!

  4. The GC tour is the weekend before Garden Writers (which starts on a Wednesday), so if you’re coming for that, come early. This year, we have two very good examples of kitchen gardens not shown in the photos.

  5. I will definitely take the tour again this year!

    Rose Cottage — sometimes I wish that I had a rectangular, clear-cut lot! 🙂 My wild meadows and woods make it difficult to establish edges and formality.


  6. DougGreen said

    Helen – they actually garden there? (insert shock and awe) Looks like a good time. 🙂

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! Sitting here in the snowy, barren, 11 degree Chicagoland weather – well…. I am envious! Would love to come see it in person!

    Take care,

    Shawna Coronado

  8. Wow, Helen, this will be a beautiful tour, and I can’t wait to come and visit in September too. Thanks. I am in awe of that Rose Cottage, but of course, Cottage style is one of my favs. The other gardens look amazing too.~~Dee

  9. No question, Cameron, you will get another good story, or 6, out of it!

  10. Doug,

    We, the local subcommittee, are working hard to make your 2009 GWA experience one you will never forget. Not sure yet which private gardens will be open for Garden Writers, but anyone who wants to see any Garden Conservancy gardens that aren’t on the GWA tour, I will do my best to arrange for them to be open for you. Just give the Garden Conservancy a plug. That should be easy to do, The Garden Conservancy has been doing work since 1995. North Carolina is also special in that we have 2 Garden Conservancy projects under protection: Montrose in Hillsborough and The Elizabeth Lawrence Garden in Charlotte. Two great gardens deserving of preservation.

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  12. dkprinzing said

    Hi Helen ~ thanks for sharing these gorgeous, temptingly delicious gardens~
    Can’t wait to see them in person.
    Thank you for the investment of time and ideas you and the host committee have made to plan the GWA symposium for September!!!
    love, Debra

  13. Thanks Debra, we aim to please! The Rose Cottage has a nice little shed you will like…will be in Country Gardens, this year I hope, photo shoot was last summer.

  14. […] What would a garden party be without plants for sale?  Eugene Warren will return selling a variety of perennials.  John Martin & Jeff Bottoms, who grow most of their plants from seed and by propagation, will also be there selling unusual plants so be sure to come early to get the best selection.  John and Jeff will have their garden open this year for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum […]

  15. Will Barbara send out a volunteer sign-up sheet again or will you?

  16. Yes John, Barbara will take care of the volunteer sign-up sheets. Are you volunteering again? Hope so. I hope you had a good experience last year. What garden were you in?

    I loved them all. I’m not being PC, I just did. Same with this years’ line up. I think of a successful tour when everybody’s garden was somebody’s favorite.

    We alread have 5 gardens lined up for 2010.

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