The Best Gardens to Explore This May

As a new season of gardening begins, here are our picks for garden events to check out this month.

Bedrock Gardens. Photo by Nancy Horton

Bedrock Gardens: Open House May 21-22; open every third weekend of the month

The first open house of the season has an international theme. Art students ages 10-18 from various schools will honor different cultures of the world in a far-ranging installation throughout Bedrock Gardens. Additionally, The Jazz Lab will perform on Saturday from 12-2 p.m. Bedrock Gardens is a 30-acre private garden that is open every third weekend of the month from May through September and on Columbus Day weekend. The garden, which also houses a number of whimsical sculptures, has been carefully cultivated over the past 37 years. Stroll through the formal Parterre Garden, the Garish Garden, the Dark Woods and more while pausing to admire the Japanese teahouse, a gazebo, the 200-foot water works called the Wiggle Waggle and, of course, plant species from all over the world. There is a $10 suggested donation. 45 High Rd., Lee. (603) 659-2993.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens: National Public Gardens Day, May 6-8; 2016 regular season is May 28-October 10

This combination of gorgeous gardens, outdoor sculptures, nature trails and art gallery is located on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside overlooking Lake Sunapee. There are a number of events happening throughout May, including National Public Gardens Day on May 6-8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join The Fells in a nationwide celebration of public gardens and get a preview of the Art in Nature 2016: Outdoor Sculpture exhibit. Treat Mom on her day (Sunday, May 8) and pack a picnic to enjoy on the veranda. Admission is free. The Art in Nature exhibit formally opens on May 28 and remains open through October 10. Discover the spectacular art of well-known New England sculptors as you explore the beautiful gardens and grounds of The Fells. Each piece is sited to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding gardens and natural landscape. 465 Rte. 103A, Newbury. (603) 763-4789.

Fuller Gardens. Photo by Denise F. Brown

Fuller Gardens: Mothers Day Plant Sale, May 6-8; 2016 regular season May 8-mid-October

This turn-of-the-century estate is a non-profit, public botanical garden that feels secluded and private. The gorgeous formal rose gardens, which were designed in the Colonial Revival style, were commissioned during the late 1920s by Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller at his summer estate. In addition to the show-stopping roses, you can also stroll through a Japanese garden and see the English perennial plantings. On May 6-8 enjoy the annual Mother's Day Plant Sale. This year Fuller Gardens opens for the season on May 8 and will remain open, seven days a week, through mid-October from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. During May you can also take advantage of half-price admission ($4.50 for adults). 10 Willow Ave., North Hampton. (603) 964-5414

Plant Sales

Inspired by New Hampshire's gardens and want to spruce up your own? Here are some local plant sales to get you started.

Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale: May 7
More than 2,000 locally grown perennials are lovingly dug and potted by the members of the club. There will also be gardening vendors, heirloom tomatoes, birdhouses, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, annuals, a great variety of hosta plants, day lilies and more.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wilkins Elementary School, Boston Post Rd., Amherst.

Rye Driftwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: May 13-14
This annual plant sale is held rain or shine. Find a wide variety of perennials and some annuals donated by community members.
481 Central Rd., Rye.

Milford Garden Club Plant Sale: May 14
Perennials of every shape, size and color are for sale.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Community House Lawn, Milford.

Beautiful Container Gardens: May 16
Master Gardener Ginny Kanzler instructs you on designing and planting container gardens.
9:30 a.m. Salyards Center for the Arts, 110 Main St., Conway.

Bedford Garden Club Plant Sale: May 21
The annual fundraiser offers a selection of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables, many of which come from members’ gardens.
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Old Bedford Town Hall, 10 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford.

Hanover Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: May 21
This is the annual fundraiser for this now 80-year-old club.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Pine Knoll Cemetery, Rte. 10., Hanover.

Why Did I Plant This And What Do I Do With It?: May 31
Did you get a little carried away shopping for herbs? Figure out what to do with the flats of pots you just purchased with help from Lauriejane Kelley from Steeplebush Farm Herbs. Learn all about how to cultivate, harvest and dry herbs effectively. $9. Registration is required.
Strawbery Banke Visitors Center, Tyco Center, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. (603) 433-1100.

White Mountains Spring Plant Sale: June 4
Are you looking to enhance your own gardens? Do you need a unique gift? Do you hope to learn more about flowers, shade plants, best choices for wet or dry conditions? Check out our well-labeled plants to learn which will best meet your needs! Bring color to the your gardens.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. North Conway Community Center, North Conway.

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