Raleigh area Garden Conservancy 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

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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

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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

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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



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Phil Abbot & Jayme Bednarczyk

1025 Traders Trail

Wake Forest, NC 27587

Falls Revival

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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 www.opendaysprogram.org for more information. For local ticket information, please contact Ann Porter JC Raulston Arboretum at Anne_Porter@ncsu.edu 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 http://www.opendaysprogram.org.



  1. Les said

    Will you be ready?

  2. Janet said

    Sounds wonderful.

  3. Les, I anyone really ever ready?

    Les and Janet, come on up and I’ll have tickets waiting for you! H.

  4. TC said

    PA is a tad distant from NC. If only I had wings!

    I’d love to visit all the gardens!

  5. TC I have a book or two of tickets for you and a friend if you can make it down. Check out @hibernating maybe he has a place for you to stay. H.

  6. Can hardly wait until I get to see some of these gardens in person! Looking forward to GWA.

  7. Sylvana said

    These gardens make me embarrassed to call myself a gardener. I’m just a weed farmer compared to these gardeners!

  8. That’s funny Sylvana! A weed farmer. If you come to the GC tour, I promise will leave a weed or two just for you…so you will feel right at home! (Or at least that is what I will tell myself for overlooking some!) H.

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