Jeanie has tips for an ‘open garden day’ of your own!
Jeanie Merritt, of Madison County, Ohio, has planned and held garden tours each year and has attended many! She gives us her tips and ideas for planning a fun garden event, big or small, of your very own!
I love my friends and family and I love my gardens. Plain and simple. Oh, and I also like to entertain.
A few years ago I decided that it would be exciting and fun to combine these three elements of my life and hostess a small garden party/tour. You don’t have to be fancy ( or you can be if you want), you just have to have a love of your gardens and the desire to share.
I planned my first garden tour about four years ago and each year I have added to, learned from, and added a few things as well as taken others completely out. It’s been fun each and every time!
A small garden, a big massive garden, it just doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is the fun . Oh yes… and the delight of showing off the fruits of your labor.
I started in January with Phase #1 of my planning. The snow was falling at my central Ohio home and with my hoe and fertilizer put away it proved to be the perfect time to set up the details.
1.) So this is what I worked on first…
Deciding a temporary “date. ” Last year I knew I wanted to gladly present my beautiful annuals and other perrenials but showcase my daylilies. By looking back in my garden journal at pictures that I had taken the two previous years, I knew my daylilies would be blooming most likely the second week of July. O.K. Now I have a plan.
So I sent out little FIRST REMINDER notes to some of my friends that I knew would need a “visual” that I would be having this party/tour probably sometime in July and they were invited to come.. Others I called. I also told them I would follow up with an actual date and time later on. Now they know it’s happening. MARK THOSE CALENDARS! It’s also wise to make sure it’s not the time of your county fair or graduations or local events that your friends will be too busy to come.
Now, look in those albums and check out your journals and try to zero in on an “approximate” day. You can set the exact date later. Step# One completed. Stay tuned for Step #2.
These pictures include ones of my daylillies that were blooming on my garden tour day last year and a few other points of interest.