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Conservancy Honors North Salem, Lewisboro Gardeners

North Salem's Duck Hill is among the gardens featured in The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program.
North Salem's Duck Hill is among the gardens featured in The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program officially begins April 28, with a selection of private gardens from California to New York open to the public for a day.

North Salem’s Duck Hill, home of Page Dickey and Francis Schell, will be open to visitors Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Later in the month, North Salem’s Perrin Garden will be open on May 18, Keeler Hill on June 2, the Hen and the Hive on June 30, and Dick Button’s Ice Pond Farm on Sept. 8.

Lewisboro’s White Garden on Elmwood Road will kick off the local season April 28.

The White Garden was designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect, Patrick Chassé. The gardens that surround the Greek Revival-style house are classically inspired, while elsewhere there is a conservatory “jungle” garden and an Asian-inspired moss garden. A Temple of Apollo overlooks the reflecting pond, home to a family of swans. Sculptures lend texture and grace to the landscape, while woodland paths meander over brooks and through the oak-hickory thicket. In the spring, more than 200,000 daffodils bloom in the woodland.

Head gardener, Eric Schmidt, will be on hand to answer questions.

The White Garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The address is 199 Elmwood Road, Lewisboro. The admission price is $5 per person, payable in cash or by check. Children under 12 are free.

North Salem’s Duck Hill is a series of hedged-in gardens surrounding a 19th-century farmhouse, including an herb garden, a white garden and a crabapple courtyard. There is a woodland walk, a small meadow, a lap pool with a rose pergola, and a vegetable/cutting garden with a Greek Revival-style chicken house. Gardening expert Page Dickey described Duck Hill in two of her books, “Embroidered Ground” and “Duck Hill Journal.”

For more information about purchasing tickets, a complete schedule of 2013 Open Days and directions to the gardens, go to the website or call The Garden Conservancy weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-842-2442.

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