Free Rose & Garden Festival This Saturday!

I hope to see everyone at our free Rose & Garden Festival this Saturday from noon to 4:00! It is sure to be a good time with lovely weather… food, community, education, music, and fun!

Preparations have been crazy, but nature tends to manage itself quite well without our interventions, and as such the gardens are progressing beautifully. We have some blooms popping up here and there in the beds, which is both exciting and lovely. The rose blooms are a little behind this year because of the late frosts we had, so be sure to check in on social media #WyckRoseWatch to see what is popping up as the season progresses!

Historic irises in bloom in the perimeter beds.
Historic irises in bloom in the perimeter beds.
Rosa spinosissima is bloom... this is the first rose to pop in the garden annually. A beauty.
Rosa spinosissima in bloom… this is the first rose to pop in the garden annually. A beauty.
Another R. spinosissima, complete with a multitude of buds in the background.
Another R. spinosissima, complete with a multitude of buds in the background.
Rosa rugosa in bloom along the ha-ha wall next to the farm.
Rosa rugosa in bloom along the ha-ha wall next to the farm.

I also had some special visitors in the garden this week to help with preparations. My friends Liz and Patrick offered to volunteer in the gardens with some maintenance and mulching to prepare for the festival, which is always appreciated. Thanks friends! Volunteer days are every Wednesday from 9am to noon, so please contact me if you are interested in lending a hand and spending time in a beautiful, historic landscape!

Liz and Patrick in "Wyckian Gothic."
Liz and Patrick in “Wyckian Gothic.”

Finally, in my last post I mentioned that the area in which the holly once stood was going to be prepped with wood chips to make a new home for beehives. Well, here we have it!

Ready for the hives!
Ready for the hives!

Hope to see you on Saturday!

-Denise