Explore the private gardens at Clock Barn – Home of Maureen & Mike Ruettgers in Carlisle, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include a late 18th century house and drying barn, reflecting pools, a walled garden with four quadrants anchored by antique roses and mixed borders, and children’s areas such as the pizza garden, fairy garden, pumpkin patch, and tee pee – plus watering cans everywhere for anyone to use. Throughout the day, activities for families include three scavenger hunts (little kids, big kids, and a rare plant hunt for adults), demonstrations on straw bale gardening, and making lavender ice cream. The Ruettgers’s beekeeper will be on site and guests will be able to create their own bee hotels for native pollinators. Farm and Fable (www.farmandfable.com
), an online shop focused on beautifully made goods for the kitchen and home will host a pop-up shop offering carefully curated goods for gardeners and cooks.
Special guest, Chef Ben Elliott of Salt Box Kitchen, will demonstrate preparation of one of his signature seasonal dishes during interactive demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Farm-to-table box lunches from Saltbox Kitchen, will be available to Open Days guests via pre-order. Admission to this Open Day is $7 per person; children 12 and under are free. No reservations required for garden visiting; rain or shine. There will be no additional charge to participate in any of the activities, although there will be a charge of $15 for Saltbox Kitchen’s box lunches, which must be ordered in advance. To order lunches or for any additional information, please contact the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days either by phone at 888.842.2442 or by email at email@example.com
, or visit www.gardenconservancy.org