It’s May, and Maryland’s gardens are at their peak. There’s all the requisite public gardens we can tour, but it’s peaking behind those elusively private garden gates, and getting a glimpse of the inspired, lovingly-tended, personal gardens that’s the real treat. Beyond the Garden Gates garden tour is downtown Frederick, Maryland’s answer to this curiosity we share. The tour, held only once a year, is May 21-22 – the very weekend Chartreuse & co is open!
So make a weekend of it (here’s our recommendation for places to eat and sleep).
In the mean time, here’s a look at three of the 9 gardens (7 private ones) to be viewed in the tour. Each one is distinctive and uses garden elements in an effective way. What intrigued me, too, was how two of them (Kettlestrings and Roy) bring key elements of rural life into their urban settings, and how each garden reflects the family’s ethos, lifestyle, and is very much a part of their daily lives.
Thanks for reading,