Saturday, August 20, 2011

Open Gardens, Nutley, NJ - September 10th

Silas Mountsier's Garden

September 10th, Nutley, New Jersey.

In honor of the 90th birthday of our friend Elizabeth Scholtz, director emeritus of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, please join Graeme Hardie and Silas Mountsier for an open garden day in their contrasting Nutley gardens, designed by Richard Hartlage.

September 10th, 2011, from 10.00am  - 4.00pm
$15 entrance to view both gardens
At Ms. Scholtz’s request, contributions will benefit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Master Gardeners of Essex County.


205  and 210 Rutgers Place (Google map link)
Nutley, N.J. 07110

Richard Hartlage, who designed both Silas and Graeme's gardens, is also the designer of the much-lauded new Herb Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For fans of the herb garden this will be a rare opportunity to see his work in two private spaces owned and inhabited by two very different people, whose personalities speak quite clearly in their respective gardens. Silas' garden is wide, park-like and cool. Graeme's is intimate and hot! Crossing the street from one to the other is rather like crossing an ocean to step onto a new continent.

Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Gardeners, plant geeks, design junkies, tree and art lovers, and seekers of inspiration will all be quite happy. And you may even meet Betty, who will be there. As, of course, shall I...


  1. If the gardens are half as gorgeous as the photos - and I know they are - I could die happy in either of them. Not a chance of journeying to New jersey then, but I will be wishing I were there. Hope you get lots of support for it all.

  2. WOW! amazing design, real plant craftmanship. And your pics with their selective focus and delicacy are also high art.
    thanks for sharing

  3. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday morning. That was a real treat. Thank you!


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