Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tis the Season for Garden Tours

Earlier this week, my friends John and Marie invited me to tag along with the Saratoga Master Gardeners to tour Rosewood Gardens in West Charlton, NY. Rosewood is both the home and the site of  a commercial nursery owned by Paul and Joanne Strevy. 

 Joanne was our tour guide and we started at the front of their home at their shade garden.
 The day was warm and the varying textures and shades of green felt restful and inviting.
Joanne's real love is roses and their website says that they have "the largest selection of David Austin English roses in the Capital District."
There were roses of all shapes and colors and Joanne chatted knowledgeably about how she chooses, plants, and nurtures her own collection.
The grounds of the home and nursery are lovely and offer several inviting places to sit and admire the view.
 The Strevys also sell "cottage perennials" and they had a number of well-tended display beds.

My own peonies have gone by, but the Rosewood peonies were still in full glory. Joanne told us that she lengthens their bloom season by covering them with plastic tablecloths whenever it rains. Hmm.

 Rosewood Gardens is open to the public on Thursdays through Saturdays, from 9 to 6. They are located on Route 67, about nine miles west of Ballston Spa. Check out their website for more information  here.