Gardeners are inquisitive. Let’s face it: you walk down the street and see a sliver of a garden. You want to go and see it. You drive by a house and see a sliver of a garden. You want to see it. You are talking to your neighbor and see some interesting garden refuse in their “plant waste” barrel, and you want to see where it came from. Can whatever it is be divided?
We are inquisitive, but with a purpose if we are honest. Behind the smiles and oohs & ahhs, we want to know what you have, does it look better at your house and do we need to run out and buy one too? Hopefully the last one so we can brag about it.
I may exaggerate here, but as a bonafide garden aficionado, I want to see gardens, and I MAY have some mildly competitive tendencies. I want to get inspired, see plants in different arrangements and see how people use their space. I want to see things that surprise and delight me. And I want to compare. Thankfully, I can be happy for others when I see their plant “x” outperforming my plant “x”. Otherwise gardening would be a depressive activity.
So I muse on about this because The Garden Conservancy has arranged for 9 private gardens in the West Roxbury area to be on view on Sunday June 8th. Often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a private creation, each garden is chosen for its merits; visitors decide which gardens they want to visit and in what order. There is a $5 admission at each garden or $30 ticket at the host site, the Wakefield Estate in Milton.
Two Christie Dustman & Company, Inc. gardens will be featured on the tour: the “Dustman-Ryan Garden”, and another I designed and maintain- the “Resplendent Spring Garden” in West Roxbury.
For the addresses of the nine open gardens in the West Roxbury area on June 8th, please find the list below. We hope you will come by to see all of these special gardens.
For more information as to how to visit these and many more beautiful gardens, please go to: