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Gardens to visit worldwide

Australia Open Gardens

UK Open Gardens
Chelsea Garden Show 2006

Scotland Open Gardens

Fall foliage drives and tours - check out the fall color report at your various states- click here.  Book your accomodation early to avoid disappointment.

I've decided to list as many gardens that I think will bring you inspiration to turn your little patch into a haven for yourself and others alike.  Draw inspirations from the natural beauty of State Forests and the delicious offerings from gardens of various genres and eras and build your own pallette to paint from when you take it home with you.  Just be wary that if you are travelling interstate to visit these gardens, then you may have to limit yourself to just living with the memories (and photos) as some of the trees and plants that are flourishing there may not fare as well in your own little microclimate.  Still, a garden is a garden and it's always time well spent away from the harried existence that is called life.

Garden tours by state

North CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraska
New HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
NevadaNew YorkOhio
OklahomaRhode IslandVermont

Garden tours by city / region

Akron OhioAlbuquerque New MexicoAnchorage Alaska
Ann Arbor MichiganAnnandale-on-Hudson New YorkAnnapolis Maryland
Ansonia ConnecticutArmenia New YorkAsheville North Carolina
Athens GeorgiaAtlanta GeorgiaAugusta Maine
Avery Island LouisianaBelmont North CarolinaBerkeley California
Bethesda MarylandBethlehem ConnecticutBeverly Massachusetts
Beverly Hills CaliforniaBirmingham OhioBloomfield Hills Michigan
Boise IdahoBoston MassachusettsBoylston Massachusetts
Bristol Rhode IslandBronx New YorkBrookfield Connecticut
Brookline MassachusettsBrooklyn New YorkBuckeystown Maryland
Buffalo New YorkByfield MassachusettsCambridge Massachusetts
Canandaigua New YorkCanton MassachusettsCarlsbad New Mexico
Cedar Rapids IowaChapel Hill North CarolinaCharlotte North Carolina
Chicago IllinoisCincinatti OhioCincinnati Ohio
Claremont CaliforniaCleveland OhioCold Spring New York
Colorado Springs ColoradoColumbus IndianaColumbus Ohio
Coral Gables FloridaCornish New HampshireCorona del Mar California
Danvers MassachusettsDavie FloridaDavis California
Dayton FloridaDenver ColoradoDerby Connecticut
Des Moines IowaDetroit MichiganDothan Alabama
Dunseith North DakotaDurham North CarolinaDutchess County New York
East Hampton New YorkEast Lansing MichiganEast Millstone New Jersey
Edgewater MarylandEncinitas CaliforniaEnfield New Hampshire
Eureka Springs ArkansasEvanston IllinoisFairbanks Alaska
Far Hills New JerseyFarmington ConnecticutFitzwilliam New Hampshire
Flintridge CaliforniaFlushing New YorkFort Bragg California
Fort Collins ColoradoFort Myers FloridaFort Valley Georgia
Fort Wayne IndianaFramingham MassachusettsFullerton California
Garrison-on-Hudson New YorkGermantown New YorkGlen Gardner New Jersey
Glencoe IllinoisGrand Rapids MichiganGrove City Ohio
Hammonton New JerseyHartford ConnecticutHenderson Nevada
Hewitt New JerseyHigganum ConnecticutHonolulu Hawaii
Hot Springs ArkansasHyde Park New YorkIndianapolis Indiana
Ipswich MassachusettsIthaca New YorkJackson Mississippi
Kalaheo HawaiiKauai HawaiiKensington California
Key West FloridaKirtland OhioLaguna Beach California
Lake Wales FloridaLansing MichiganLas Cruces New Mexico
Lenox MassachusettsLewiston MaineLexington Kentucky
Lincoln MassachusettsLincoln NebraskaLisle Illinois
Littleton ColoradoLocust Valley New YorkLong Beach California
Los Angeles CaliforniaMackinac Island MichiganMalibu California
Mansfield OhioManteo North CarolinaMany Louisiana
Marlboro VermontMarthas Vineyard MassachusettsMatunuck Rhode Island
Maui HawaiiMenlo Park CaliforniaMesa Arizona
Miami FloridaMiddletown New JerseyMidland Michigan
Millbrook New YorkMissoula MontanaMoline Illinois
Monkton MarylandMontgomery AlabamaMorristown New Jersey
Mount Desert Island MaineMt Berry GeorgiaMumford New York
Muncie IndianaNew Barn North CarolinaNew Bedford Massachusetts
New Gretna New JerseyNew Haven ConnecticutNew Iberia Louisiana
New Orleans LouisianaNew Paltz New YorkNew York City New York
Neward DelawareNewark OhioNewbury New Hampshire
Niles MichiganNorth Andover MassachusettsNorth Framingham Massachusetts
North Hampton New HampshireNorth Kauai HawaiiNorth Swainton New Jersey
Northampton MassachusettsNortheast Harbor MaineOahu Hawaii
Oakland CaliforniaOklahoma City OklahomaOld Westbury New York
Orlando FloridaPalm Beach FloridaPalo Alto California
Palos Verdes Peninsula CaliforniaPapaikou HawaiiPhoenix Arizona
Picayune MississippiPine Mountain GeorgiaPortsmouth New Hampshire
Portsmouth Rhode IslandProctor VermontProvidence Rhode Island
Purchase New YorkQuincy MassachusettsRaleigh North Carolina
Rindge New HampshireRingwood New JerseyRochester New York
Rock Island IllinoisRockford IllinoisRoslyn Harbor New York
Ross CaliforniaSagaponack New YorkSan Diego California
San Francisco CaliforniaSan Marino CaliforniaSan Simeon California
Sandwich MassachusettsSanta Barbara CaliforniaSanta Fe New Mexico
Santa Rosa CaliforniaSarasota FloridaSaratoga California
Sausalito CaliforniaShreveport LouisianaSomerville New Jersey
Sonoma CaliforniaSouth Berwick MaineSouth Paris Maine
Springfield IllinoisSt Francisville LouisianaSt Louis Missouri
Stamford ConnecticutStaten Island New YorkStillwater Oklahoma
Stockbridge MassachusettsStrongsville OhioSturbridge Massachusetts
Superior ArizonaTallahassee FloridaTarrytown New York
The Bronx New YorkTheodore AlabamaTipton Michigan
Titusville New JerseyToledo OhioTucson Arizona
Tulsa OklahomaTyringham MassachusettsUpper Montclair New Jersey
Vail ColoradoWalnut Creek CaliforniaWaltham Massachusetts
Waterford ConnecticutWayzata MinnesotaWest Hartford Connecticut
West Palm Beach FloridaWest Tisbury MassachusettsWesterly Rhode Island
Westfield MassachusettsWheaton IllinoisWheaton Maryland
Wichita KansasWilmette IllinoisWilmington Delaware
Wilmington North CarolinaWinter Haven FloridaWinterthur Delaware
Woodbine New JerseyWoodbury ConnecticutWoodside California
Woodstock ConnecticutYoungstown Ohio

Garden conservancy Open Garden Scheme

This list showcases all the gardens which are open to the public under the Garden Conservancy Scheme. One of America's greatest contemporary plantsmen, Frank Cabot, founder of the Garden Conservancy, put it this way, in the April 2005 issue of Fine Gardening:

"The best gardeners are the best plagiarists; they adapt other people's ideas to their own setting. That's what it's all about. You can learn something from almost any garden.".

The Garden Conservancy is one of several national organizations that are on a mission to get more Americans visiting gardens. One of the Conservancy's most successful initiatives has been its Open Days program, which is similar to England's Open Garden Scheme. More than 450 private gardens around the country now participate in the program, opening their doors to the public one day each year. Last year, there were 65,000 Open Days garden visits between April and October.

Atlanta - Georgia
Arizona - Greer
Arizona - Tucson
California - Los Angeles
California - Marin County
California - Oakland
California - Pasadena
California - San Diego
California - San Francisco
California - San Francisco Peninsula
California - Sebastopol
Colorado - Denver
Connecticut - Fairfield County
Connecticut - Hartford County
Connecticut - Litchfield County
Connecticut - New Haven County
Connecticut - New London County
Illinois - Barrington Hills
Illinois - Chicago North Shore
Illinois - West Chicago
Illinois - Hinsdale and Oak Brook
Illinois - Naperville
Illinois - Hinsdale and Oak Brook
Illinois - Peoria
Illinois - Rockford
Illinois - St Charles
Massachusetts - Berkshires
Massachusetts - Boston
Massachusetts - Nantucket
Maine - Mt Desert
Maine - York
Michigan - Oakland County
North Carolina - Asheville
North Carolina - Edenton
North Carolina - Greensboro
New Hampshire - Monadnock Region
New Jersey - Bergen County
New Jersey - Essex County
New Jersey - Hunterdon County
New Jersey - Monmouth County
New Jersey - Morris County
New Jersey - Somerset County
New York - Columbia County
New York - Dutchess County
New York - Eastern Long Island
New York - Ithaca
New York - Putnam County
New York - Rockland County
New York - Rockland County
New York - Syracuse Area
New York - Ulster County
New York - Westchester County
Ohio - Granville
Oregon - Portland
Pennsylvania - Bucks County
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
Rhode Island - Little Compton
Texas - Dallas
Texas - Fort Worth
Vermont - Manchester
Vermont - Upper Valley
Washington - Bainbridge Island
Washington - Clark County
Washington - Seattle
West Virginia - Charleston

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