Helen Grundmann Garden Design

Spring Garden Tours

After a seemingly endless winter, spring has exploded and been keeping us very busy, but I did have the pleasure of going on several stunning garden tours that I want to share…

Garden Convervancy Tour in April – NJ

Arched Trellis at Long Shadow

Arched Trellis at Long Shadow

The shadows cast by this 50-foot arched trellis are as much an art form as the trees which are being trained upon it at Long Shadow, a stop along the Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour in April.


Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills, NJ in May 2015

Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills

Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills, NJ-May

A lovely stone outbuilding nestled into the landscape in bucolic Hunterdon County invites you to wander over.


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Rhododendron Azalea Walk

This collector’s garden features over 200 different rhododendron and azalea hybrid species.  Spring is its most colorful season.




These Enkyanthus blossoms look as though they’ve just freshened up their lipstick.


Virginia in May 2015

Viette's Nursery in Fischersville, Virginia

Viette’s Nursery in Fischersville, Virginia

A May trip to Virginia included a trip to Viette’s Nursery where they specialize in peonies, irises and day-lilies.  In October they will be shipping my two new peony varieties.


Bob's Organic Garden

Bob’s Organic Garden in Maidens, Virginia

I stayed with my dear friends, Bob and Grace, on my trip to Virginia.  Bob’s organic garden feeds them through the winter by using covered hoops over some of the cold crops.  Grace turns out amazing meals from this garden!


New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour in June 2015 – PA

Perennial allee with arches

Coltsfoot Farm – Perennial allee with arches

Delphiniums & Bronze Fennel

Delphiniums & Bronze Fennel

Among the many formal gardens at Coltsfoot Farm is this 40-foot perennial alleé which featured spires of delphiniums contrasted with the fine smokey foliage of bronze fennel.


Gravel garden with rose arbor

Gravel garden with rose arbor

This lovely Coltsfoot Farm garden, enclosed by stone walls and tobacco stick fencing, mingled fruit trees with flowers.  Boxwood and lilac hedges wrap around islands of dianthus, scabiosa and guara with tree hydrangeas, potted figs and espalier apples for culinary interest.

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Although my camera lens and words don’t adequately portray the splendor and beauty of walking these gardens yourselves, I hope you enjoyed these. I heartily recommend seeking out opportunities to explore the many private gardens that are occasionally open for public tour.

Wishing you well,






  1. Meg Sine says:

    hi Helen. Love your photos and captions! I’ll be in PA for Labor Day this year. Let’s get together in August.

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