The Harris Garden at 9 Shagbark Place will be open for self-guided tours on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 to 4. The event benefits the Garden Conservancy. Admission is $7, children under 12 are admitted free.
The garden began as a flower garden in 1994. Initially every plant was chosen because it made a good cut flower or had great foliage or a beguiling scent. From the onset, the intention has been to convey a wild, exuberant abundance; annuals are inter-planted with perennials. Structural elements have been added to provide balance and suggest premeditation. Boxwoods and unusual trees play an important role. As the two-acre site was naturalized, the original concept was adapted to shaded and woodland areas.