Flynn Garden Tour 2016 - Hinesburg, VT

Vermont is a little out of my usual stomping grounds, but I was invited up by family friend and fellow garden-enthusiast Kathryn. (More about her fabulous garden in the next post)

The Flynn garden tour benefits the performing arts center and I thought the gardens (and a few open houses as well) were well worth the $40 entrance fee. There were 8 stops on the self-guided tour - by the end we were quite satisfied and exhausted. and a bit sweaty.

As we toured, I made notes of things I want to try in my garden. I now NEED some more day lilies, colorful pots of succulents, great swathes of rudbeckia hirta with the red centers, a koi pond with a waterfall, and some mountains for backdrop. No big deal.

Most of the gardens had vegetable and fruit areas as well as ornamental gardens. Compared to city gardens, there was so much space! Some of the gardens were tended just by the owners, but the largest one, a bed & breakfast, had a few professional gardeners helping out.

Can you imagine the bee and hummingbird activity this huge row of bee balm must attract?

Maybe I need a loom room too?

This shoeful of succulents was created by one of the specialty plant vendors. Now I'm on the lookout for fun containers to fill with hens and chicks etc.

This area of VT is a few zones colder than my garden. I'm in 6b, and I believe these gardens were in zone 3 or 4ish depending on the mountains. I was really impressed with the astilbes and delphinium, two plants that I just can't make happy.

I had a great time and might try to go back next year. Now I just have to hold off on fulfilling my new plant wish-list until we get some rain and the temperature drops a little.