Take late summer garden tour in Onondaga County

Join the Garden Conservancy's open days program

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 visit four private gardens in Jamesville, Lafayette, Solvay, and Westvale, through The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, America's only national garden-visiting program.

At the McAuliffes' Garden in Jamesville, the dramatic backdrop of Tory Hill complements flower beds planted with an eye for texture and form, a rustic potting shed, and a courtyard garden with arbors and raised beds. Pagoda Hill -- Garden of Michael Brennan and Robert Moss in Lafayette is named for the pagoda dogwood that proliferate on their 18 acre hilltop, and additionally features a formal perennial garden backed by a 30-foot hot colored border, and a shade shrub border with chartreuse foliage and blue and white flowers.

In Solvay, the collector's garden of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Mango boasts a picturesque view from all angles, waterfalls and ponds, and more than 150 Japanese maples for splashy autumn color. In Westvale, admire Tortuga -- Garden of Ellen and David Suarez, where various kinds of stone and brick are used throughout to elevate and frame extensive non-formal plantings of specimen trees, shrubs, flowers and ornamental grasses.

Visitors may begin the tour at Pagoda Hill -- Garden of Michael Brennan and Robert Moss, 1697 Berwyn Road, Lafayette. Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit opendaysprogram.org for more information.

What is the Garden Conservancy?

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. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days Program online at www.opendaysprogram.org.

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