If your garden is looking tired and wan in this hot, dry summer we’ve been having, you may want to check out the demonstration gardens at the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla next weekend.
(TJN file photos of the NPC gardens)
Experts will be on hand to give free guided tours of the gardens — the Lady Bird Johnson Demonstration Garden, the Stone Cottage Garden and the Rain Garden — from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 25 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.
You can pick up lots of ideas and plant suggestions for your own garden.
Plants that are native to the Northeast are genetically programed to do well in our climate and they tend to be unfazed by temporary weather patterns. They are also much more likely to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
The Native Plant Center is dedicated to educating people about the importance of wildflowers and native plants. It was the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.nativeplantcenter.org or call 914-606-7870.
Three private Westchester gardens will also be open on July 25 as part of the Open Days Program: Phillis Warden in Bedford Hills (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Vivian and Ed Merrin in Cortlandt Manor (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Ron and Nina Spiro in New Rochelle (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $5 per garden.
For more information, visit www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays or call 845-265-5384.