Garden Conservancy Open Days at Pretty Bird Farm June 15th Recap

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Pretty Bird Farm is participating in The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program two Saturdays this year.  We opened June 15th earlier this summer and I wrote a blog about it about a month ago, and here it is.  As I look at the photos I am including here from that day, I am blown away at how much our garden has grown in the last 7 weeks.  If you came to our June Open Day, you will not recognize our garden.  Our cool season crops have been pulled, our summer crops are over grown and our tomato season is in full swing.  John is pulling 100+ pounds every couple days.  We hope to see you this coming Saturday, August 10th.  Here is a recap of our June opening.

June 15, 2019

It was delightful to be surrounded by so many people that love gardening and we are truly grateful for all of our family and friends that came out to volunteer their time and make the day a great success!  Thank you for the car parking, the checking in, the garden answers, the plant sales, and most of all the kid entertaining!

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If you like gardening and you have never heard of The Garden Conservancy, I encourage you to visit their website at http://www.gardenconservancy.org/ and sign up for their emails to be alerted of events in your area.  I promise they will only email when there is something interesting going on!  We have now visited 5 other gardens on their open days and every single one was worth it!

What is a Garden Conservancy Open Day?

“The mission of the Garden Conservancy is to save and share outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.”  The Garden Conservancy helps build, restore and maintain public gardens all over the country.  They raise funds for this through their Open Days programs as well as many other garden seminars and events throughout the year. An Open Day is a self-guided tour in a private garden to educate and inspire garden lovers of all ages (kids too!).  Every garden you visit will be so different from the next as each garden reflects the owner’s personal interests, limitations and goals for their space.

The Garden Conservancy organizes exceptional gardens in regions to make it easy for garden enthusiasts to see several locations in one day.  Opening June 15th was ambitious and risky for us since it was only a month after our last frost date in our zone 6B garden. Somehow the stars aligned and there was so much more in bloom than we were expecting!  The cool-weather loving flowers like snapdragons, dianthus, orlaya and so many more that we planted in the fall were still in bloom; and many of our early spring plantings literally came into bloom over night!  Here are a few photos from our day. I hope they inspire you to visit us as well as the other open gardens in your community!

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We will be opening our garden on Saturday August 10th, 2019 and have a lot of friends joining us this time. We will have butterfly expert and conservationist Kathy Klink on site to talk about Monarch lifecycles with live caterpillars and chrysalises! The River Rats, a Plein Air Painting Group of Artsbridge will be in our gardens in the morning and I cannot wait to see what they capture. And our neighbor, Matt Baldwin who you can usually find at Sergeantsville Farmers’ Market has agreed to fill the garden with music. Hope to see you there!

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We will be opening our garden on Saturday August 10th, 2019 and have a lot of friends joining us this time.  We will have butterfly expert and conservationist Kathy Klink on site to talk about Monarch lifecycles with live caterpillars and chrysalises!  The River Rats, a Plein Air Painting Group of Artsbridge will be in our gardens in the morning and I cannot wait to see what they capture.  And our neighbor Matt Baldwin who you can usually find at Sergeantsville Farmers’ Market has agreed to fill the garden with music.  Hope to see you there!

About Pretty Bird Farm

Pretty Bird Farm is a small family farm located in Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, NJ. We live our lives and manage our farm as organically as possible. Our chickens eat organic feed and only the best kitchen and garden refuse. Our veggies and flowers are also raised organically, pesticide free, fertilized with organic fertilizer.
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