AMENIA, N.Y. -- An Amenia garden and ones in Connecticut comprise a public the Garden Conservancy is offering Saturday.
The Amenia site showcases a water feature with hand-dug pools. Starting as a rocky hillside that was mostly lawn, Jade Hill has grown into a stroll garden designed to be a tapestry of texture and color.
Its plantings include Japanese maples, conifers and a bamboo grove, and there are beds of shrubs and perennials; and a main bed along the driveway anchored by golden barberries and purple smoke trees — with roses, peonies, Siberian iris, phlox and other perennials filling in — and backed by a 'Purple Fountain' weeping beech. Jade Hill borders the wetlands that were once Lake Amenia.
A West Cornwall tour stop visits a 12-year garden of a 19th-century home, shielded from the road by a row of 250-year-old sugar maples. Two long beds, provide for drama and height with perennials, grasses, and annuals, among features there.
The Open Days event will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.