Sakonnet is an exotic cottage garden imbedded within a native coastal fields landscape, a long-term project of John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli. Slightly larger than an acre, it is subdivided into a series of spaces separated by high tapestry hedges and stone walls. A “gothic woodpile” is one of multiple tall wind-barriers installed to create microclimates for experimental growing of rarely-seen plants, camellias, black bamboos, “tender” rhododendrons and palms from the Himalayas and many other Zone 7 plants. Hundreds of woodland wildflowers are expected to be in flower– from Meconopsis poppies, to multiple kinds of trilliums, thousands of anemones, and the first of the Japanese orchids.
Several of the Northeast’s best specialty nurseries will have connoisseur plants available for purchase, including Opus Nursery, Broken Arrow Nursery, Rare Find Nursery, and Peckham’s Greenhouse.
The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created. 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. For information, a complete schedule of Open Days, or to suggest gardens for inclusion in the program, visit the Garden Conservancy online at www.gardenconservancy.org.