Hellebore are in bloom around the garden.

A private Garden open to the public.

Ihave always thought of the garden as a gift that must be shared; that has never been more true than now. Realizing how many folks are either confined by circumstance or choice, the necessity for sharing a garden such as this one becomes quickly obvious. How fortunate to be able to live in the middle of a garden and to have such an outlet at one’s doorstep! While it may not be practicable or even advisable for a car load to come visit, the garden is large enough and varied enough in layout for a great many people to remain socially distant while still enjoying the gardens.

In the past, even though available by appointment to groups by appointment, it has been open to the public without reservations only on Sunday afternoons, but that policy now applies DAILY. Come and visit, walk around, enjoy the plants and the garden, sit and unwind for awhile. 

Please understand if we don’t have a lot of time to accompany you or chat much, but spring is always a particularly busy time here, and this is especially true this year, with many hundreds of new plants going in the ground and several major projects underway.  Welcome!

Something about us

…home to over 500 different kinds of trees and shrubs, including about 120 different kinds of conifers and over 80 different roses

WE ARE home to nearly 500 different kinds of perennials including over 150 kinds of hosta and 50+ different daylilies

..a place for wandering, chatting, looking and generally immersing yourself in a garden full of interest, beauty and inspiration

..a gathering place for Clubs, Organizations, Bird Watchers, Photographers, Artists, Educators, Home Schoolers and the like.
…and so much more.

We invite you to Come Visit!

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Around the Garden Hellebore in bloom. Of note is the ‘Spanish Flare’ shown here. Taken from Wikipedia: Helleborus genus consists of approximately 20 species of evergreen perennial flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. Various species of this genus originated in Europe and Asia. It’s a mixed blessing having the Hellebore in bloom so early…

Roses and Day Lilies Blooming!

Day Lilies in bloom taken morning of Saturday, June 27, 2020. We encourage visitors. We are open to the public. It is easy to maintain social distancing. There is over 2-1/2 acres of Garden. Please bring and wear your Mask, as needed, when in the Garden.

The Sound of Music – without organ or choir

Here we are in the middle of Holy Week and I haven’t touched the keyboards of an organ or directed a single note from a choir……there have been no public services of worship in Ohio since March 16. It seems extraordinarily odd to not be doing this after something like 56 years of it! Without…

Too big?!

Long Border

1 APRIL 2020 AND this is no joke! In the past several years, I have often wondered to myself whether or not having a garden the size of Ashdowne was worth it or not. Those doubts have been erased by the COVID-19 event. If one must be sequestered in situ, I must admit that being…

Stones throw away

A few weeks ago our neighbor graveled the driveway. When it rains hard drainage is a problem. So over the years original gravel gave way to soil which turned to mud even after a moderate rain. We discussed ways to drain the excess water but given the cost and considerable work and disruption to other…