Private garden welcomes visitors

Pixie Perennials, a private garden at 200 Nod Hill Road, will be open for visitors Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 4, as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.

Terraced perennial gardens with a wide variety of unusual plants surround a 1740 homestead set on four acres overlooking a reservoir, home to mature and specimen trees. A small rock garden tucked into the exposed ledge leads to a fish pond. A frog pond is nestled in between rows of flowers.

The property features peach trees, an old leaning apple tree, fig trees, kiwi, blueberry bushes, strawberries, raspberries, and a vegetable garden. The kitchen courtyard garden room hosts shade plants: hellebores, brunnera, heuchera, ligularia, shaped boxwoods and other varieties of perennials that live nestled under a giant maple tree.

Peonies border one length of the paddock fence leading to lilac bushes. A back garden built around the exposed stones showcases tall plants that can be seen from the house. In late summer a stand of perovskia creates a blue backdrop for fall flowering perennials. The garden is a work in progress, ever-changing from year to year.

A Scrabble game board is embedded in the patio of the garden shed. The "party" barn boasts quarter sawn oak floors, and hosted town dances during Prohibition.

Inside the barn will be a pop-up boutique featuring artisans:

Ellen Hoverkamp —photographic note cards, prints, scarves and books;

Leaf Essentials by Charlotte Ayer — goat milk soap;

Real Flowers from Wilton — cards, candles, etc.

Also for sale will be perennials, trees and  shrubs  that were grown on the property.

The garden will be open rain or shine. Admission is $7, children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the Garden Conservancy.

Visitors should either park in the driveway, or on Spruce Meadow and walk the short distance to the garden.